Friday, March 24, 2006

If You Eat a Lot of Chicken...


...you have Robert Baker to thank for it. Mr. Baker, who passed away this month at the age of 84, invented more than 50 chicken products, including chicken hot dogs, chicken bologna, and chicken nuggets. Read more about him, as well as an interview with his son, at Newsweek.com.

As the article puts it, "He never shared in the profits generated by his culinary creations. Yet in nearly seven decades as a food scientist, he was fundamental to the transformation of the poultry industry, developing products that forever changed the nature of American consumption during a time—the 1950s—when society was largely fixated on beef."

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