Where Did French Toast Come From?
Oddly enough, French toast did not originate in France. In fact, French toast’s origins trace back all the way to ancient Rome! A Roman cookbook called Apicius, dating from at least as far back as the 5th century C.E., describes a recipe for bread soaked in milk and beaten eggs then fried and served with honey. Similar foods were eaten in Europe during the Middle Ages, but it wasn’t until the 15th century, during the reign of Henry V when French toast was first documented in England. There, it was referred to by its French name, pain perdu. French toast made its first appearance in the United States in the 1700s. It is said to have been introduced by an innkeeper by the name of Joseph French in Albany, New York.