Today is National Cheesecake Day, a day of celebration for cheesecake lovers; but who doesn’t love a slice of this creamy dessert? We all have a favorite dessert or two or three; Cheesecake happens to be one of mine.
First, a bit of history about this dessert. Was the treat invented in New York, thus New York Cheesecake? No, it’s actually believed to have its roots in Greece. Perhaps that is why the cheesecake in Greek-owned diners is always delicious.
Alan Davidson, author of the “Oxford Companion to Food,” wrote that, “Cheesecake was mentioned in Marcus Porcius Cato’s de Re Rustica around 200 BCE, and that Cato described making his cheese libum (cake) with results very similar to modern cheesecake.”
No matter who invented it or when, each region of the country and the world has put its own spin on the dessert: baked or no-bake, New York-style or Philadelphia-style, German or Italian, plain or flavored with fruit, chocolate or peanut butter.
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Photos courtesy of Junior’s Cheesecake Cookbook/Taunton Press
Photographer: Mark Ferri