AUGUST 9 - Today in Food History
• National Rice Pudding Day (Rice Pudding Recipes)
• UK: [Afternoon Tea Week] (Aug 9-15, 2021) A celebration of the great British tradition of Afternoon Tea.
On this day in:
1593 Isaak Walton was born (died Dec 15, 1686). He is mainly known for ‘The Compleat Angler, or, the Contemplative Man’s Recreation,’ which is one of the most frequently published books in English literature. It is a literary discourse on the pleasures of fishing.
1762 Mary Randolph was born. She was a Southern U.S. cookbook author, whose 'The Virginia Housewife' (1824) is considered the first cookbook of the American South, and one of the most influential cookbooks of the 19th century. It contains hints of the influence of African cooking on the cooking of the American South. Mrs. Randolph was also one of the first to use measurements in her recipes, rather than just a list of ingredients.
1819 William T. G. Morton was born (died July 15, 1868). An American surgeon, in 1846 he became the first dentist to use ether (letheon) during a tooth extraction.
1827 Marc Antoine Desaugiers died (born Nov 17, 1772). French composer, song writer. Wrote many songs about the joys of the table. (Pleasures of the Table)
1842 The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed, ending the bloodless 'Pork and Beans War' (Aroostook war, 1838-39), a dispute over the boundry between the British colony of New Brunswick and the U.S. state of Maine along the St. Croix River.
[more info: New England Historical Society]
1854 Henry David Thoreau's 'Walden' was published. It describes his two years of simple living near Walden Pond in Massachusetts. (see also Sept 6, 1847).
1881 Clarence Saunders was born (died Oct 14, 1953). Founder of Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain in Memphis, Tennessee, the first true self-service grocery store (see also Sept 6, 1916). (Supermarket Trivia)
1910 Alva J. Fisher of Chicago, Illinois received U.S. patent No. 966,677 for an electric washing machine. Patent assigned to Hurley Machine Company. (This was not the first electric washing machine - there is still dispute about who was first).
1911 John Gates died (born May 8, 1855). Gates was an inventor, promoter and barbed wire manufacturer. He helped convince Western ranchers to adopt the use of barbed wire. (Barbed Wire Trivia)
1978 France ended price controls on bread.
(French Bread Recipe)
1982 Diet Coke was introduced. (Coca-Cola Trivia)
1996 James McLamore died (born May 30, 1926). Co-founder, with David Edgerton, of Burger King.
(Burger King Trivia and Facts)