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Although the exact origin of French toast is unclear, sources agree that the dish does not stem from classical French cuisine. Toast it may be, but "French" it is not!
An early source, "The Accomplisht Cook" by R. May (1660), has a recipe for "French Toasts" which calls for French bread sliced and toasted, then soaked in wine, sugar and orange juice. While this sounds delicious, it's a pretty far reach from our modern breakfast favorite.
One version of the story is that the dish was invented in 1724 at a roadside tavern near Albany, N.Y. According to the tale, the tavern owner, Joseph French, gave the dish his name.