Friday, June 25, 2010


Have you ever wondered how some foods came to be?

Like how did bread come about? Someone must have found a grain, crushed it up, mixed it with water and placed over a fire. That's not exactly intuitive.

What about cola flavored sodas. Where did this flavor come from? How many other failed flavors did it take before they found the Cola flavor that we all love?

Ketchup...what is it even made of?

Who was the first one to mix peanut butter and jelly?

Also, the chocolate bean? I don't even know the relationship between the bean and chocolate.

There are so many foods that I wonder how people thought to make them. Was it because of boredom? Unemployment?
Who knows...

1 comment:

Alexander said...

One of the reasons the origins of foodstuffs seem odd to us is that we don't have to make much of our own food anymore, so we're inherently distanced from culinary creation. More importantly, though, people have been eating for a long time, and there are often traceable chains of dishes and culinary tradition that one can follow, from the first hunk of meat held near a fire, to the development of agriculture, down to our modern molecular gastronomists. We develop basic techniques, apply them to new ingredients, modify them to fit, then apply modified techniques to other ingredients. We mix flavors and textures, and the best part of it all is that a truly revolutionary change in cuisine might as well occur in one brief moment of brilliance as through years of work in a kitchen.

Also, ketchup is mostly tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, and spices, I believe.