Today in Food History

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Also, on this day in 1621 Prince Louis II de Condé, known as the Great Condé, was born. He was a French general who loved to hunt and had a passion for rice. Several dishes have been named for him, including Consommé Condé and Creme Condé.

In 1959 Charles ‘Charlie’ Trotter was born (died Nov 5, 2013).  Famed American chef and restaurateur. His eponymous Chicago restaurant (opened in 1987) was recognized as one of the finest in the world. He was also host of the PBS cooking show ‘Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter’ and the author of 14 cookbooks.

In 1970 Percy Le Baron Spencer died (born July 19, 1894). Spencer developed the microwave oven in 1945, after he noticed that some chocolate in his pocket had melted after being accidentally exposed to radiation from a magnetron tube he was working on at the time.

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