One of the first known recipes for lobster comes from Apicius, a Roman cookbook dating to around 400 A.D. that's organized quite like a modern cookbook into ten chapters. In "Thalassa," the chapter on the sea, Apicius provides recipes for dishes including boiled lobster with cumin sauce, lobster with wine and another boiled dish that called for pepper, rue, honey vinegar, broth and oil in addition to the lobster and cumin.
Photo by Kathy Z. Tang All hail the mighty Maine lobster roll.
The lobster roll, however, is a thoroughly modern recipe. After all, the second most important ingredient outside of the lobster is a hot dog bun-style yeast roll -- and those rolls weren't created until 1912. The first lobster roll was born a decade later, according to the locals in Milford, Connecticut.
Milford is where Perry's first began serving the traditional lobster roll we known today. According to food writer John Mariani in his book Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, "owner Harry Perry concocted it for a regular customer named Ted Hales sometime in the 1920s."
But although Connecticut may have originated the now-famous lobster roll, it's Maine that first comes to mind when many people think of the iconic sandwich.