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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Cooking food with fire or heat is a uniquely human activity. Archeological evidence for cooking goes as far back as 1 million years ago.

Today, Americans spend about half the time cooking than they used to, even as recently as the mid-sixties. Americans spend more time watching other people on television cook than they do cooking themselves.

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Today's Random Fact:

The industrial revolution transformed cooking forever. Food could be mass-produced, mass-marketed, and standardized.

The rise of fast food and the decline of cooking has undermined family dinners and increased obesity rates.

Consumers in America spend more money on food in restaurants than they do on food they can cook at home.

Bonus Fact:

A chef's hat is officially called a toque, which is Arabic for hat.

The largest item ever found on a menu is stuffed camel. A whole camel is stuffed with a couple of lambs, 20 whole chickens, and 60 eggs, just to name a few ingredients.

French cuisine, or fine dining, emerged after the French Revolution. After the conflict, chefs who had worked for the nobility lost their jobs, so they opened their own restaurants for the masses.