Rosa Maria Cardini, the daughter of the inventor of the Ceasar salad, has died. Personally, I had no idea the Ceasar salad was so recent a dish, even though I eat one just about ever day:
Born in San Diego in 1928, Cardini was 10 when her father moved the family to Los Angeles. She soon began to work with him, bottling his Caesar salad dressing at home, labeling it by hand and selling it from the family station wagon at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles.
Some of his customers remembered [Caesar] Cardini and his salad dressing from when he owned Caesar’s Hotel, a restaurant in Tijuana in the 1920s. Californians, including Hollywood celebrities Clark Gable and Jean Harlow, dined at Caesar’s to escape the Prohibition laws in the U.S. …
By the 1940s, Cardini was bottling his salad dressing and distributing it in a number of U.S. cities. By 1953, the Caesar salad had gained a reputation in Europe, and the International Society of Epicures, a group of professional chefs based in Paris, proclaimed it “the greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in 50 years.”