In the heat of summer, we welcome any excuse to open up the freezer door and not have to turn on the oven to cook a meal. Why not spend a few hours learning more about the man who invented frozen food and introduced us to conveniences such as the frozen tater tot and out of season fruits and vegetables all year round?
Mark Kurlansky, author of other food tales such as Cod and Salt, has turned his eye towards Clarence Birdseye with his recent title Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man. With a flair for writing about topics most of us wouldn't think about, Kurlansky is able to weave a tale about the man who brought perhaps one of the best food-related inventions of the early twentieth century. By observing that the Inuit often fish during the winter and freeze their catch instantly in the subzero air, Birdseye was inspired to pursue freezing as a viable technique for preserving food.
Most of us have used frozen food sometime in our lives - it's easy, it's convenient, and tastes great. Read this great biography to learn more about the man who invented frozen food and made modern life just that much easier.