November 17th is National Bread Day!
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.
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.
Flatbreads date back to the Ancient Egyptians.
Pita bread has been in existence for at least 12,000 years in Middle-Eastern countries.
Bread was so important to Egyptians that they used it as currency.
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.