27/02/2019 by ourfakehistory/ Entertainment One (eOne)
Some of the most enduring historical myths have to do with food and drink. Food history can sometimes be seen as frivolous, which makes it particularly vulnerable to myth-making. As a result some of the world’s most popular foods are saddled with bogus origin stories. Getting to truth of these stories can often reveal surprising things about the cultures that birthed them. Tune in and find out how 24 hour gambling marathons, pizza snobs, and champagne jams all play a role in the story.
Listen Date: 2019-04-27
- The story of Dom Perignon shouting “Come quickly, I am drinking stars!” is actually an advertising campaign by Moet and Chandon.
- Marco Polo bringing pasta to Italy from China is an advertising campaign too.
- And not quite advertising, but still massive PR, is the origin story for Pizza Margherita.
- A recommendation for a particular deli in Montreal and its smoked meat sandwiches.
- There’s a fantastic quote in there about how awful pizza and its sellers look, and also the happy discovery that because there was no Latin word for pizza, ‘pizza’ is the first Italian word to ever be written down.
- Simon Major says that the popularity of Champagne led to the reuse of corks in wine bottles for the first time since the Roman age; but what were bottlers using between that?