I learned a fun fact in line at the bagel shop today. I've been in there a million times, but had never noticed the "History of the Bagel" hanging on the shop wall. I read with fascination that the first printed mention of bagels was in the 1610 Community Regulations of Krakow, Poland declaring that, "bagels would be given as a gift to any woman in childbirth."
Some scholars have speculated that bagels were a fitting gift as the ring shape could symbolize the circle of life. And, apparently, even 17th century mothers gave bagels to teething infants for comfort.
So the next time you're visiting a friend or family member with a new baby, consider bringing along some bagels. Mom and dad can carbo load for those tough weeks ahead and they also freeze well and can be pulled out in a pinch when parents are too tired to get to the market.
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