National New England Clam Chowder Day

Daily Fact: An old French word chaudière, pronounced “chowda”, is a  large pot for cooking.

The likely origin of the word chowder.

Today’s Food History

  • 1338 Charles V of France was born. He commissioned Taillevent to write what is considered the first professional “cookery” book in French, ‘Le Viandier’.
  • 1937  BBC first aired the Cook’s Night Out with Marcel Boulestin, the first television cook
  • 1912 Konrad (Emil) Bloch was born. Nobel prize winner for his work on cholesterol & fatty acids. Discovering that high levels of cholesterol may lead to an increased risk of heart attacks.
  • 1985 James Beard, American culinary expert & cookbook author, died at age 81.

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