Posts Tagged ‘bread’

The Chinese Bagel That Helped Win a War

January 5, 2021

Guang Bing (光餅) look like bagels, but they were strategic in helping General Qi Jiguang win a war 500 years ago. A Great Big Story video.

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“The Chinese Bagel That Helped to Win a War,” Lizzie Philip, Atlas Obscura

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Tajik Bread

May 14, 2016

Bread baking at Shamsullo Dustov’s house in Kumsangir, Tajikistan, near the Afghan border. A film by John Wendle, selected for the National Geographic Short Film Showcase.

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The Greatest Thing Since . . . 1928

July 7, 2013

The Greatest Thing Since . . . 1928.

On July 7, 1928 the Chillicothe Baking Company began selling pre-sliced loaves of Kleen-Maid Bread. Iowa inventor Otto Rohwedder had recently invented a machine that sliced bread into uniform slices and wrapped each loaf. “Just think of it!” read an advertisement:

“Every slice perfect and CORRECT, far better than you could cut it yourself….There was a time when you ground coffee. Now you buy it ground. Well, this is the same sort of sensible, logical improvement.”

One result: New-fanged electric toasters began, um, popping up on kitchen counters all over America.

More:

“A Brief History of Sliced Bread,” Kaitlyn Boettcher, Mental Floss

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Wonder Survives

January 14, 2013

Wonder Survives

Bankrupt Hostess Brands has a potential buyer for Wonder Bread and related product lines. Flowers Foods has reportedly offered $390 million. The deal would also include Natures Pride, Butternut, Home Pride and Merita brands, 20 bakeries, and 38 depots. Hostess is now in the hands of private equity dealmakers, so rivals like Mexico’s Grupo Bimbo will have an opportunity to make higher offers in six weeks. Whoever makes the winning bid, it seems that Wonder will live on to Build Strong Bodies 12 Ways.

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