Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Clammed up

The inventor of the clam strip has died.

Of course there has to have been a first person who cut clams up, battered them, and deep-fried them; yet, despite my own research on invisible inventions, I find it utterly fascinating that someone actually can be credited for inventing something like the clam strip. Or the Caesar salad.

Of particular interest is the fact that the clam strip was basically invented to solve the problem of mass-producing a seafood dish that would freeze and travel well. So there actually is a technology angle here.

[via TMFTML]

[To the tune of Aerosmith, “Amazing,” from the album O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits (Disc 2).]

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for this, Alex. I’m adding it to my collection of obituaries of food entrepreneurs, which includes the inventor of the corn dog and the fellow who first thought to put a slip of waxed paper between slices of cheese.

  2. Are you actually collecting food entrepreneur obituaries? Maybe it’s time to think about golf? Or stamp collecting? Or an addition to the house?

  3. fellow who first thought to put a slip of waxed paper between slices of cheese

    Who was it — have you any history – natioanliuty etc

    Can you email be

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