True or false? Planking (grilling on cedar or alder planks) originated in the Pacific Northwest. For extra points, name the decade: the fifties? or the nineties? The answers aren’t quite as obvious as you may think. It’s true that the Indians of the Pacific Northwest traditionally cooked whole salmon (split open through the belly) on cedar stakes in front of a roaring fire (they did this back when Lewis and Clark visited and they still do). But planking is equally well documented on the East Coast, where coastal Connecticut Indians nailed shad fillets to oak boards to roast in front of a bonfire.
As to the date of its first popularization, you were right if you named the fifties. The 1850s, that is, when an American food writer named Eliza Leslie included a recipe for planked shad cooked before a fire in her
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