Hamburger vs hamburg
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Sat Jul 14 21:34:41 UTC 2001
In a message dated 07/14/2001 3:45:26 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU writes:
> And where does Salisbury steak fit into the picture?
Far from being a euphemism for "hamburger", Salisbury Steak was invented by
Dr. James Salisbury, a Civil War-era doctor and a pioneer in bacteriology (he
did work on germ causation of disease before Pasteur and Koch, but failed to
make any important contributions to the field.) Salisbury also had a theory
on diets, which included that properly prepared meat was necessary for
health. He invented the Salisbury Steak as---it is hard to picture this
nowadays---a health food.
It is not clear how much connection there is between the Salisbury steak, the
hamburger patty, the hamburger-on-a-bun, and other ground beek recipes. The
use of the word "hamburger", at a time when the Salisbury steak was
reasonably well known, suggests that our modern hamburger developed and
became popular through a folk process that had little if anything to do with
Dr. Salisbury. However, this is only my guess.
- Jim Landau
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