Garum was a type of fish sauce which the romans adored. It smelled so bad that Garum factories could only be found outside the city walls, but it was still the ancient world’s favorite topping, which accompanied most of their foods.
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Ranch dressing was invented by a plumber working in Alaska in the 1950s. He and his wife opened a Dude ranch called Hidden Valley Ranch in Santa Barbara County, California in 1954. 40% of Americans say ranch style dressing is their favorite; it has been the best selling salad dressing since 1992.
Kraft Foods introduced its boxed macaroni and cheese in 1937 when America was in the throes of the Great Depression with the promise that buyers could feed a family of four for 19 cents. Kraft sold 8 million boxes of its quick-and-easy macaroni and cheese the first year.
Boiled potatoes contain a protein called proteinase inhibitor 2 (PI2). This protein may suppress appetite which is what makes everyone feel full.
Buffets are called “vikings” in Japan. This is because a Japanese restaurant manager went to Sweden and liked smörgåsbords so much he copied the idea at his restaurant. This Swedish word was too hard to pronounce in Japanese, so the word “vikings” was used instead after a employee suggested it.
The price of bread was commonly regulated across medieval Europe. As bread was essential to the lives of medieval peoples, these laws protected common people from fraudulent bakers.
Massachusetts has a ruling regarding what qualifies as a sandwich. Qdoba and Panera were part of a 2006 contract dispute in which it was claimed that a burrito was a sandwich. The court ruled that only two pieces of bread, along with some sort of filling, could hold the mantle of sandwich.
Black Forest ham is a Protected Geographical Indication in the EU, requiring the ham to be traditionally and partially manufactured in the Black Forest region of Germany. However, the US and Canada do not recognize this, resulting in various qualities and types of ham being marketed as such.
Italy once tried to ban pasta because they believed that it weighed Italians down and prevented them from achieving any kind of greatness.
Every Christmas season, an estimated 3.6 million Japanese families treat themselves to Kentucky Fried Chicken, in what has become a nationwide tradition.