Christopher Carosa
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Hamburger Dreams: How Classic Crime Solving Techniques Helped Crack the Case of America’s Greatest Culinary Mystery
Book Description
Who sold the first hamburger ever? Backed by more than 300 historical footnotes, this account of the birth of the burger takes you on a journey down a delicious rabbit hole where you’ll discover the real hamburger history.

It’s the mystery behind something that has touched us all and will continue to touch generations into the future. It’s the mystery behind a trillion-dollar industry. It’s the mystery behind something so simple, so common, so obvious, that no one bothered to write it down. It is the birth of the world’s first hamburger.

Hamburger Dreams uses criminal inquiry techniques with the rigor of an academic researcher to expose the myths and separate the facts from the fiction surrounding the true story of who sold the first hamburger.

In this book, you’ll learn the real answers to:
Did the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis really inaugurate the “hamburg sandwich” as purportedly described in a New York Tribune article that same year and was said to be taught by McDonald’s famous Hamburger University?
Was the first hamburger served in 1900 at Louis Lunch, a diner in New Haven, Connecticut as reported by the New York Times and recognized as such by the Library of Congress?
Did Fletcher “Old Dave” Davis first place a ground beef patty on bread in "the late 1880's" as suggested by the Dallas Morning News?
If the hamburger really was first invented in 1885, either by Charles Nagreen at the Outagamie County Fair in Seymour, Wisconsin, or by Charles and Frank Menches at the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, New York, which fair occurred first?

Literature’s most famous detective appeared at the same time the first hamburger was sold. Would he have conceded just because the case lacked a credible eyewitness? Would he say it’s impossible to know who among the usual suspects most likely sold the first hamburger? No. Sherlock Holmes didn’t rely on the existence of a smoking gun. He used something more convincing: the power of deduction.

Award-winning academic researcher and journalist Christopher Carosa uses these classic crime solving techniques and other investigative tools to crack the mystery behind who sold the world’s first hamburger. In Hamburger Dreams, Carosa submits his findings in much the same way a DA might present a final summation to the jury.

If you like a compelling narrative, the suspense of a long-lost mystery, and the thrill of new evidence uncovered, then you’ll love Chris Carosa’s well researched case of the usual suspects (and more).
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A Pizza The Action: Everything I Ever Learned About Business I Learned by Working in a Pizza Stand at the Erie County Fair
50 Hidden Gems of Greater Western New York: A handbook for those too proud to believe "wide right" and "no goal" define us.
Hey! What's My Number?: How to Improve The Odds You Will Retire in Comfort
From Cradle to Retirement: The Child IRA: How to start a newborn on the road to comfortable retirement while still in a cozy cradle
401(k) Fiduciary Solutions – Expert Guidance for 401(k) Plan Sponsors on How to Effectively and Safely Manage Plan Compliance and Plan Investments by Sharing the Fiduciary Burden with Experienced Professionals.
Due Diligence: The Individual Trustee's Guide to Selecting and Monitoring a Professional Investment Adviser
Location (city/state/country)
Honeoye Falls
Author bio
Award Winning Journalist, Nationally Ranked Mutual Fund Manager,
and Hamburger Historian.

By day, award winning financial writer Christopher Carosa is the President and Chairman of the Board of the Bullfinch Fund, a family of flexible no-load mutual funds. His funds are frequently ranked in the top ten nationally by Lipper and during the “lost decade” between 2000 and 2010 actually earned a positive return of nearly 50%. But it’s his evening job that offers the greatest excitement. In addition to serving as Senior Contributor to, Chris is the Publisher of the Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Sentinel, Chief Contributing Editor for, and a columnist and free-lance writer for various print and digital publications.

Mr. Carosa earned his undergraduate degree In Physics and Astronomy from Yale University and MBA from the Simon Business School. He has been designated a Certified Trust and Financial Adviser by the Institute of Certified Bankers.

Chris is the author of 7 books, a stage play, and has been interviewed and quoted in such major media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Barron’s, CNBC, Fox Business News, and the NBC Nightly News.
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Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

Dream. Inspire. Succeed.

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