Marco Polo did not introduce pasta to Italy from China. Italians adopted pasta from the Greeks, first mentioned between 1000-800 BCE and called laganon – the inspiration for what would later become lasagne.
Owing to a surge in production at the end of the 19th century, oysters became cheaper than meat, poultry, and fish, making them a popular dish on working class tables in the United States and Europe. This period of mass production is known as the Golden Age of Oysters.
New York is right next to where a giant oyster reef used to be. People used to be able to just walk outside and collect them for dinner. The oysters also cleaned the water and protected the city from storms. Each adult oyster filters 50 gallons of water per day.
Then they ate them all. Now the city is vulnerable to storms and has water pollution problems.
Russian fishermen learned to farm caviar as early as the 12th century and for centuries it was considered nothing more than cheap peasant food, served with porridge and eaten by the bowlful.
Kit Kats in Japan are associated with the phrase Kitto Katsu (きっと勝つ), translated as “You will surely win”, and thus a good luck charm for students. Katsudon (pork cutlet rice bowl) is also known as a good luck food, so people would eat it the night before important events like exams, interviews, etc.
Saccharin was accidentally discovered by a Russian chemist who forgot to wash his hands after working in the lab and noticed his food tasted quite sweet, and after ruling out the possibility of the food being made that way, he concluded that it was due to the chemicals coating his hands.
While many states have an official food or state fruit, Oklahoma is the only state with an official meal. The full meal is upwards of 2000 calories. A bill to repeal the official meal due to health concerns failed to pass.
The first traces of carbonara pasta dates back to the 1940s. The name “carbonara” means coal burner in which it is assumed that the recipe originated from those working in mines or outdoors for long periods.
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.