Melba Toast (thing)
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|Melba toast is in essence a thinly sliced, doubly toasted bread that verges upon burnt. Often a dark bread is used, but white bread can also be used. It is best served while still warm, though cold it often accompanies soups and salads.
The origin of the name comes from Helen Porter Mitchell (1861 - 1931) - who had the stage name of Dame Nillie Melba. Her last name comes from her native city of Melbourne. It is believed that Auguste Escoffier (a well known chef of the time) is thought to have had a hand in both the creation of Melba toast and peach Melba.
Melba toast itself was a primary part of Dame Melba's diet in 1897. In 1897, Dame Melba was seriously ill and bland food was necessary. Another version of the story is that the toast was part of her constant struggle to lose weight. Melba toast entered common use in 1925 and was first mass-produced by the Devon Bakery in New York City.