If you, like me, didn’t know that July 7th is National Macaroni Day, fear not; I am here to educate you on why this seemingly-simple food has its own day, and why it should definitely be celebrated. Look no further than this tasty gif for proof that Macaroni is delicious and deserves its time in the spotlight:
If you do need convincing, keep reading for 5 reasons why macaroni is the most delicious noodle.
Need I say more? If you see the word “macaroni” on a menu at any restaurant, chances are it’s smothered in cheese. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese per year. So basically, every state is the dairy state (Sorry Wisconsin).
Joseph B. Wirthlin once said, “The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us.” We all take for granted the things we’re most comfortable with. Let us never take for granted the food that most of us have been eating since we were old enough to eat solid food, the food that got us through the broke college years, and the food that has enough celebrity to have its own national holiday.
Macaroni has been around for a long time. Although most people would assume that the Italians created this delicious pasta, it is commonly believed that this noodle is of an Arabic descent. The oldest record of Macaroni may date back as far as 1188 CE. Clifford A. Wright, a Macaroni Researcher, wrote an extensive article on the history of Macaroni that can be found here.
Macaroni dates back hundreds of years, long before refrigeration and preservatives. Since macaroni is hard before it is cooked, it is much more easily preserved than meats and vegetables, therefore making it extremely practical for our noodle-eating ancestors to make and consume. Even now, Macaroni and Cheese is one of the first dishes that many of us learn to cook because of how easy it is to make.
Macaroni, and more broadly pasta, is so diverse! If you search for macaroni recipes on the internet, you will find hundreds of mouth-watering meals. Macaroni salad, macaroni and cheese, goulash, casserole- this stuff is everywhere.
Below is a list of cookbooks with especially tasty recipes, with and without Macaroni, all of which are available at the Aurora Public Library. The list is by no means all-inclusive, but it’s a great place to start your journey into the realm of delicious pasta. Enjoy.
Cookbooks at the Aurora Public Library
Deliciously Ella: 100+ Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based Gluten-Free Recipes by Ella Woodward (Aurora)
V Is For Vegetables: Inspired Recipes and Techniques for Home Cooks From Artichokes to Zucchini by Michael Anthony (Aurora)
The World on a Plate: 40 Cuisines, 100 Recipes, and the Stories Behind Them by Mina Holland (Aurora)
Garden to Table: A Kid’s Guide to Planting, Growing, and Preparing Food by Katherine Hengel (Aurora)