Today in Food History

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Also, on this day in 1871 Henry Bradley of Binghamton, New York was issued U.S. Patent No. 110,626 for oleomargarine, “improvment in compounds for culinary use.”

In 1875 Pierre Athanase Larousse died (born Oct 23, 1817). French educator and publisher. Published many outstanding reference works including the encyclopedic 15 volume Grand Dictionnaire. In 1938 the Larousse publishing house published an encyclopedia of gastronomy, ‘Larousse Gastronomique’ edited by Prosper Montagne.

In 1888 The first patent for wax coated paper drinking straws (made by a spiral winding process) was issued to Marvin C. Stone of Washington, D.C.

In 1980 Joy Adamson died. Naturalist and author of ‘Born Free’ about Elsa, a lion cub. She had also researched culinary and medicinal uses of various plants in Kenya.

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