Also, on this day in 1338 Charles V of France was born. It was Charles V who commissioned Taillevent to write what would become the first professional cookery book written in France, ‘Le Viandier’. Forks were mentioned in an inventory during his reign. Some believe that he died as a result of eating amanita mushrooms.
In 1912 Konrad (Emil) Bloch was born. 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.
In 1985 James Beard, culinary expert and cookbook author, died in New York at age 81 (born May 5, 1903).