AT A GLANCE:
Graham bread was invented by Sylvester Graham in 1829, for his
vegetarian diet. The Graham bread was high in fiber, made with
non-sifted whole wheat flour and was made into little squares we now
know as graham crackers.
DID YOU KNOW?
cracker in 1829
graham flour bread
sweet cracker made of whole wheat flour named after inventor
invent. First practical. Entrepreneur.
1794, in West Suffield, Connecticut
1829 Sylvester invents graham crackers for his vegetarian diet.
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History of Snack Food
from The Great Idea
Sylvester Graham, Inventor Profile from The Great Idea Finder
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
Vegetarian America: A History
by Karen Iacobbo, Michael Iacobbo / Hardcover: 288 pages / Praeger
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The first complete history of vegetarianism in the United States, this story
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such as general eating habits, preventative medicine, feminism,
environmental awareness, and elsewhere.
The Heretic's Feast: A History of Vegetarianism
by Colin Spencer / Paperback: 416 pages / University Press of New England;
1st edition (1995)
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mainstream culture throughout history.
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In the 1930s, the nation made its greatest contribution to cookie
culture with the masterpiece known as chocolate chip, but we also
invented the peanut butter cookie and, perhaps surprisingly, the fortune
cookie. From plates left out for Santa to the Keebler elves and beyond,
join us for a sweet hour as we get out our rolling pins for the history
ON THE WEB:
Sylvester Graham and the Graham Cracker
He wanted Americans to eat fruits and vegetables;
stop wearing corsets; sleep on hard beds, take cold baths daily, and
weekly warm baths; and above all eat bread made with only whole grain,
unrefined wheat flour.
History of Vegetarianism
Sylvester Graham (1795-1851),
Inventor of graham flour and the graham cracker.
Sylvester Graham, best known today for his invention of Graham crackers,
was from a line of clergymen-physicians and was born in West Suffield in
1794, the 17th child of the 72-year old Reverend John Graham, Jr. Graham
decided to prepare for the ministry also, and studied languages at
Amherst College briefly in 1823.
Biography of Sylvester Graham
Sylvester Graham was born on July 5, 1794, in West Suffield, Conn. His
father, a 72-year-old clergyman, died 2 years later. Graham was raised
by relatives who gave little attention to his development, and he worked
at scattered tasks until he was 19 years old..
Many bakers tried to market the crackers, but it wasn't until 1898 that the
National Biscuit Company (now Nabisco) made any real inroads into the market
with their Nabisco Graham Crackers product. Nabisco achieved even greater
success with their Honey Maid line, introduced in 1925, which boosted the
original graham flavor through the addition of honey.
International Vegetarian Union
History of Vegetarianism, USA: 19th Century, Sylvester Graham.Sylvester
Graham was an American Presbyterian minister (ordained in 1826) who preached
on temperance and stressed whole-wheat flour and vegetarian diets.
DID YOU KNOW?:
- While Graham is best known as the father
of Graham crackers, today's rendition of the cracker on supermarket
shelves is often made with refined flour. For a true Graham cracker, the
best source is one's local health food store.