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Happy Birthday Mr. Graham Cracker

On today's date, 212 years ago, Sylvester Graham was born in West Suffield, Connecticut. Throughout his 58 years of life, Graham developed a highly ridiculed lifestyle and diet with a tremendous cult following. Referred to as the Grahamites, they believed that plain and simple foods were the key to a long and developed life. Graham was a nutrition guru who advocated temperance, vegetarianism, and the use/consumption of coarse ground wheat flour and bran. He invented the Graham cracker in 1829 and his 1837 Treatise on Bread & Bread Making condemned those who ate white bread:

There is, in reality, almost a total and universal carelessness about the character of bread. Thousands in civic life will, for years, and perhaps as long as they live, eat the most miserable trash that can be imagined, and never seem to think that they can possibly have anything better, nor even that it is an evil to eat such stuff as they do.

Although his harsh words bring Gordon Ramsay to mind, his importance to the snack world - not to mention the pie baking world - is highly significant. A pioneer of the natural foods movement, Sylvester would most likely fit right in today's super health conscious world.

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LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
Okay was that story for real? Whoa...I love graham crackers, though. A very good snack.
meganekko meganekko 9 years
i love these with butter
CamillaCat CamillaCat 9 years
My two year old would eat these ALL DAY LONG if I'd let him!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
who needs a campfire? candles and grill-lighters work just as well :-) I would have to say though, ntohing beats a campfire or bonfire with smores, although, here in the city, candles will have to do haha.
whiterockgirl whiterockgirl 9 years
Who needs an excuse to eat smores...everyone gather around a campfire this weekend and celebrate "The Graham Cracker" by making and eating many smores!
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Smart man. I don't see anything there to ridicule.
hvnly34 hvnly34 9 years
Yup, still love graham crackers and look for every opportunity to make a graham cracker crust
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
If not for him, we wouldn't have the graham cracker crust! MMMMMM
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
I loved these growing up!
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