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Here are today’s five things to know about bread:

Bread knows no cultural bounds. Across nearly every race, country and religion, bread is seen as a peace offering, and is used in countless religious ceremonies.

 

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If you’ve ever heard the expression “kiss the cook”, you should know it’s not that simple—according to cultural legends, if you eat the last piece of bread at a meal, it’s your responsibility to plant one on the cook.

 

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Flatbreads date back to the Ancient Egyptians.

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Pita bread has been in existence for at least 12,000 years in Middle-Eastern countries.

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Bread was so important to Egyptians that they used it as currency.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1749 Nicolas Appert was born.  Appert was a French cook and inventor who developed the method of preserving food that we call canning. He originally used glass jars sealed with wax and reinforced with wire.
  • 1869 The Suez Canal opened, linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea.
  • 1967 ‘Incense And Peppermints’by Strawberry Alarm Clock is #1 on the charts
  • 1988 Wal-Mart opened its first Super Center at Wheeler, Oklahoma. It carries fresh meat, produce, dairy products, and baked goods, in addition to other standard supermarket products and discount store merchandise.
  • 1996 The World Food Summit concluded. Delegates promised full efforts to ease world hunger.