Today in Food History

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Also, on this day in 1895 Henry D. Perky received U.S. patent No. 548,086 for Shredded Wheat. Whole wheat is boiled, dried, pressed into thin shreds and finally baked.  Perky presented his machine for producing ‘shredded wheat’ at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois in 1893.

In 1959 Emeril Lagasse was born in Fall River, Massachusetts. American celebrity chef, restaurateur (13 restaurants), cookbook author and cooking show host (‘Emeril Live’, ‘Essence of Emeril’, etc).

In 1996 Pierre Franey died. A French chef who became famous as the chef of ‘Le Pavillon’ restaurant in New York City from 1945 to 1960. He published several cookbooks and collaborated with Craig Claiborne on the New York Times food column, ‘The 60 Minute Gourmet’

In 2000 Konrad (Emil) Bloch died. Nobel prize winner for his work on cholesterol and fatty acids. He discovered that high levels of cholesterol may lead ultimately to increased risk of heart attacks.

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