Foods Named After People
When you eat a food, do you think about how it got its name? Many of the foods we eat have interesting origins, and many times there is a reason for the name the food has.
Don't think the Caesar Salad is named as the Roman Emperor. Instead, it is named after someone less famous. On July 4, 1925, Caesar Cardini, a restaurant owner in Tijuana, Mexico served finger foods on top of garlic-scented shredded lettuce leaves on platters.
People loved the combination so much that his concoction became a big hit. It was added to his menu as a Caesar Salad like the ones we enjoy today.
The name Cobb Salad did not happen by accident. Robert Cobb owned the famous Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood. One night in 1936, he had an important guest and all his employees had gone home.
With not much time to think about what to do, Cobb made a salad out of leftovers that were in the refrigerator. It turned out so good that he added it to the menu, and as they say, "The rest is history."
You can thank Lemuel Benedict for the Eggs Benedict that you eat today. When the New York socialite returned to the Waldorf-Astoria hotel after a long night of drinking, he requested to have a piece of toast, a poached egg, bacon and hollandaise sauce thinking it would cure his hangover.
The chef made some substitutions. Instead of toast, he used an English muffin. In the place of bacon, he used ham.
That's why we can eat Eggs Benedict today. However, the main reason for eating it is not to cure a hangover.
After given birth, Alfredo di Lelio's wife was sick. The 20-century Italian chef invented a dish for her thinking it would make her feel better.
He prepared a sauce made from cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese to help her regain her strength. He then added fettuccine to the mixture. His wife loved it and she did feel better. It was called Fettuccine Alfredo that is still popular.
German Chocolate Cake
German chocolate cake has nothing to do with the country. The delicious cake is named after a person and not a place. In 1852, the American baker Samuel German developed a type of dark baking chocolate for the Baker's Chocolate Company.
The chocolate, named after German, was called Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate in his honor. So, when people make a cake using the chocolate, the dessert is known as a German Chocolate Cake after a person and not a place.
Sylvester Graham, who lived from 1794 to 1851, was a preacher who believed that God intended for people to follow His natural law when it comes to eating. Instead of eating white bread and meats, Graham preached that people should eat more fruits and vegetables.
Graham advocated a vegetarian diet with homemade whole grain bread, made from wheat coarsely ground at home, as part of a lifestyle that involved minimizing pleasure and stimulation of all kinds.
His followers, known as the Grahamites, formed one of the first vegetarian movements in the United States. Graham flour, graham crackers, and graham bread were created and marketed for them.
Even though Sylvester Graham did not invent these products or profited from them, the Graham Cracker still carries his name to this day.
Granny Smith Apples
Have you ever eaten a Granny Smith apple? Maria Smith had thrown out some rotten apples. Days later, she found a small sapling growing from the pile. Wondering what would happen, she replanted the sapling that bore green apples with a tart flavor.
Smith's friends and neighbors were so surprised and so was Smith herself. The apples became popular, and you can find them in every grocery store today all because Maria Smith took a chance on replanting the sapling for the rotten apple pile.
Melba Toast and Peach Melba
Have you ever eaten Melba toast? Have you ever had peach Melba? Both foods were named after the same person.
When singer Helen Porter Mitchell, whose stage name is Nellie Melba, was staying at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1897 she became very sick.
Her chef Auguste Escoffier gave her dry, crisp and thinly sliced toast to strengthen her. He called it Melba Toast which is often served topped with either melted cheese or pâté and eaten with soup and salad.
The chef had already created the Peach Melba dessert for the soprano singer four years earlier. It is a dessert made with peaches and vanilla ice cream and topped with and raspberry sauce.
In 1943, wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan were shopping in Piedras Negras. When they arrived at a restaurant, it was closed. They were allowed to come in any way and the maître d'hôtel, Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya found whatever he could in the kitchen because the women were so hungry.
The only things Nachos could find were tortillas, cheese, and jalapeño peppers. He cut the tortillas into triangles, fried them, added the cheddar cheese and heated them so the cheese would melt. He added the sliced pickled jalapeño peppers and served them to the women.
When they asked him about the name of the dish, he said it was Nacho's special. Today, they are called nachos. Who knew when you eat nachos, you are eating somebody's name? Aren't you glad the women were hungry that day?
The Salisbury Steak is not a name pulled out of a hat. It was created by Dr. James H. Salisbury in 1886. Believe it or not, the steak was a treatment for many ailments such as bronchitis, gout, and tuberculosis. Salisbury encouraged sick people to eat the well-done ground beef three times a day along with a glass of hot water before and after each meal.
People today don't think about eating a steak to cure their ailments.
The Reuben is a hot sandwich made with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. Those ingredients are grilled between slices of rye bread.
Its name is said to come from Reuben Kulakofsky at the Blackstone Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska.
Another account said that the Reuben sandwich was created by Arnold Reuben, the German-Jewish owner of the famed Reuben's Delicatessen in New York City.
John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich, but he did not invent the sandwich. Meat between slices of bread had been eaten long before he ate it.
Montagun was accustomed to playing cards. During some games, he did not want to stop to eat with a knife and fork. He would usually ask a servant to put roast beef between two slices of bread so he could continue playing with one hand.
Today any food placed between two slices of bread is called a sandwich, even peanut butter and jelly.
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