Today in Food History



Also, on this day in 1850 Honore de Balzac died.  French author. Balzac would lock himself away during creative bursts, drinking coffee and eating only fruit and eggs.  When he finally took a break, he was known to consume huge quantities of food.  One report recalls that at the Véry restaurant he consumed at one sitting ‘a hundred Ostend oysters, twelve cutlets of salt-meadow mutton, a duck with turnips, two partridges and a Normandy sole,’ not to mention the desserts, fruit and liqueurs he finished up with.

In 2010 The USDA expanded a recall of eggs from two Iowa producers to 380 million eggs nationwide after they were linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning. (A much smaller initial recall was issued on August 13). The massive recall was expanded to more than half-billion eggs by August 20.  More than 1,000 people had been sickened.

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