On This Date (but not today)

Today is not my birthday. No, I was born on the 30th of July. But a co-worker recently informed me her planned c-section would be that day. To welcome this new addition to the 7/30 club, let me share a list of notable people with the same born-on date.

  • Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights author, 1818
  • Henry Ford, 1863
  • Casey Stengal, New York Yankees manager, 1890
  • Bud Selig, Major League Baseball Commissioner, 1934
  • Paul Anka, singer, 1941
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1947
  • Frank Stallone, 1950
  • Delta Burke, Designing Women star, 1956
  • Laurence Fishburne, 1961
  • Alton Brown, Food Network host, 1962
  • Lisa Kudrow, Friends co-star, 1963
  • Tom Green, 1971
  • Hilary Swank, 1974
  • Jaime Pressley, My Name is Earl co-star, 1977

Also born on July 30 was the fictional Borat Sagdiyev, in 1972. However, this is not Sacha Baron Cohen's date of birth. So let me ask you this: who's the greatest person with whom you share a birthday?

Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book

If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese

An infographic about cakes
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An infographic about fruits in season
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