Everything bagel
The everything bagel is made with a variety of toppings
TypeBagel
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredients

An everything bagel is a type of bagel baked with a mix of toppings. The exact ingredients vary,[2][3] but recipes often include garlic flakes, onion flakes, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and kosher salt. The bagels are made with regular dough and the name is independent of additional fillings such as cream cheese.

The everything bagel inspired other bread creations with similar toppings, such as everything bagel chips, everything croissants, everything rolls, everything roti, everything fusilli, and everything hot dog buns.[4] Even mixed nuts have been flavored with the mixture. It is offered by many bakeries and fast casual restaurants. Its origins are disputed, but it was likely first created sometime between 1973 and 1980.

Origin

The origin of the everything bagel is disputed.[5] A 1977 article in Newsday on where to eat in Syosset, NY, noted that at Bagel Master, "for those who can never decide if they want plain, salt, poppy seed, sesame seed, garlic or onion, there's something called the everything bagel, which is topped with all of them."[6]

David Gussin claims he invented it sometime around 1980:[4][7] while sweeping up leftover bagel toppings from the oven, Gussin saved them in a bin and convinced the store owner to make bagels with them.[2] He concurs that others might have previously invented the concept but insists that he coined the name "everything bagel".[8][5]

Others who have claimed to have invented the everything bagel include American restaurateur Joe Bastianich and sports marketer Brandon Steiner.[9][10][11] In his blog, Seth Godin said he worked in a bagel factory that produced everything bagels two years before Gussin.[10] Brandon Steiner, who believes his invention at a bakery in 1973 predates the others, wrote in a 2016 blog post:

"One night I was screwing around with different combinations of toppings – sesame, salt, poppy, onion and garlic – making braids, onion flats, and other unorthodox concoctions. Then, after a while, I had the thought to throw all the toppings on a bagel at once. That’s how I invented the everything bagel. This was 1973; I was 14."[11]

In popular culture

An everything bagel is a plot element in the 2022 film Everything Everywhere All at Once. In the film, it is topped with literally everything in the multiverse.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Matthew Gavin Frank (Winter 2013), "At the Center of the Center of the New York Bagel", Gastronomica, University of California Press, 13 (4): 51–55, doi:10.1525/gfc.2013.13.4.51, JSTOR 10.1525/gfc.2013.13.4.51
  2. ^ a b "A Food Fight Erupts over the 'Everything' Bagel". NPR.org. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Carman, Tim (May 14, 2012). "Joe Bastianich invented the 'everything' bagel?". Washington Post. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Raisfeld, Robin (April 7, 2013). "What the Iconic New York Everything Bagel Has Wrought". Grub Street.
  5. ^ a b Nosowitz, Dan (June 25, 2019). "Everything You Need to Know About the True Origins of the Everything Bagel". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  6. ^ "Food Guide to Woodbury/Syosset". Newsday. January 19, 1977. Retrieved March 17, 2023 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Schulman, Michael (March 3, 2008). "Everything, Everywhere". ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "Everything bagel seasoning is everywhere now". am New York. October 19, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Fantozzi, Joanna (August 3, 2016). "Did Joe Bastianich Really Invent the Everything Bagel?". The Daily Meal. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Apparently, I invented the Everything Bagel". Seth's Blog. March 4, 2008. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "I Invented the Everything Bagel". Brandon Steiner. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  12. ^ Li, Shirley (April 7, 2022). "How Hollywood's Weirdest Filmmakers Made a Movie About Everything". The Atlantic. Retrieved May 14, 2022.