Sandwich is an English town, and ‘wich’ literally means street, town, or dwelling. Also, the sandwich was ‘created’ following the Earl of Sandwich’s request for beef between two slices of bread. It was previously simply known as bread and cheese.
Archeological evidence suggests that the earliest and most widespread cereal food eaten in prehistoric societies was the pancake.
The first doughnut machine was made in 1920 to meet the demand for doughnuts as a breakfast food item following WW 1. Adolph Levitt, a Jewish refugee who came to America fleeing czarist Russia, designed the machine and began selling fried doughnuts from his Harlem bakery in NYC.
Chocolate was classified as “candy” under the Revenue Acts of 1918 and 1921, and so it was taxed as such. Hershey’s sued to recover about $8,000,000 in taxes by arguing it was “food”, and so had been wrongly taxed. The Supreme Court ruled it was “candy”.
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.