August 18 – Today’s Food History
Events of August 18
Today’s Food History
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1850 Honore de Balzac died. French author. Balzac would lock himself away during creative bursts, drinking coffee and eating only fruit and eggs. When he finally took a break, he was known to consume huge quantities of food. One report recalls that at the Véry restaurant he consumed at one sitting ‘a hundred Ostend oysters, twelve cutlets of salt-meadow mutton, a duck with turnips, two partridges and a Normandy sole,’ not to mention the desserts, fruit and liqueurs he finished up with.
1953 Four cows in Stearns county Minnesota were picked up by a tornado and set down unharmed.
2004 It was reported that it rained fish at about 2:30 p.m. in Shropshire, western England.