You've heard of these foods. You may have had some yourself. Where did they begin? Here are some famous foods and how they got their names.

  • Melba Toast

    Melba toast is named for Australian opera singer Nellie Melba who was living in London when she asked the hotel staff to give her some extremely dry toast – the only thing she thought she might be able to eat when she was sick one time. The hotel put it on the menu and named it after her.

    (joolie@Flickr)
  • Dr. Pepper

    The soft drink Doctor Pepper was invented by Waco,Texas pharmacist Charles Atherton in 1885. He named it in honor of another pharmacist who gave him his first job in Virginia – Dr. Charles Pepper.

    (spencer.dahl@Flickr)
  • Dom Perignon Champagne

    Dom Perignon – was a blind, French Benedictine monk who was an expert wine maker and created the first true champagne in the early 1700’s.

    (luxorium@Flickr)
  • Salisbury Steak

    Salisbury steak named for doctor James Salisbury – an early health food advocate who advised his patients to eat it three times a day while avoiding poisonous vegetables and starches.

    (mealmakeovermoms@Flickr)
  • Martha Washington Fruit Cake

    Martha Washington fruit cake – named after the first First Lady. Her original recipe called for 40 eggs, five pounds of fruit and large quantities of other ingredients. It also calls for wrapping the cake in sherry and storing it in an airtight container for a month or more.

    (Matthew_Bietz@Flickr)