Today in Food History

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Also, on this day in 1858 Alexis Benoit Soyer died.  French chef and author.  Chef of the London Reform Club.  He opened kitchens in Ireland during the famine to sell food at 1/2 price and was an advisor on food to the British army during the Crimean War.  Invented several stoves and kitchen utensils.  Wrote‘The Pantropheon; or, History of Food’ (1853), ‘A Shilling Cookery Book for the People’ (1854), ‘Soyer’s Charitable Cookery’ (1847).

In 1962 Marilyn Monroe died.  American actress, primarily remembered as being crowned Artichoke Queen of 1947 in Castroville, California.

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