"This book is like a culinary version of One Thousand and One Nights. Each entry combines the sturdiness and dependability of history with the readability and charm of a folk tale. I wish I'd had this volume at hand back when I was doing my live show on The Food Network. Hardly a day went by when I wasn't asked about the origins of one dish or another." ~Sara Moulton, host of PBS's Sara's Weeknight Meals "I remember eating Caesar salad in Tijuana as a kid. I was always confused about the connection between the two, and it wasn't until I read How the Hot Dog Found its Bun that it all came together. The drama! The fraternal infighting! The appearance of Julia Child! If it weren't for this book, I'd have never known the back story. Thanks, Josh Chetwynd." ~Meredith Arthur, CHOW.com
From the Back Cover
Sometimes it's neither art nor science that serves as the origins of the everyday kitchen and food items we take for granted today. Sometimes, as Josh Chetwynd shows us, some of our greatest culinary achievements were simply by-products of "damned good luck." Within these pages you will discover the beginnings of kitchen inventions, products, and foodstuff in short essays that dispel popular myths and draw lines between food facts and food fiction, from the serendipitous creation of Granny Smith apples through open pollination to the Caesar salad's Mexican roots and more.