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Since the earliest times, man has prepared some type of meat product comparable to sausage. Homer spoke glowingly of sausage in his Odyssey, saying it was a favorite food of the Greeks. The Romans' liking for sausage was so great that no festive occasion was considered complete without it. Marco Polo's spice quest and Christopher Columbus's voyage in search of a shorter route to the East Indies for spices used in sausage are additional indications of its early popularity.
Some of the early sausage makers became so adept in the spicing and processing of sausages of distinctive types that the fame of their products spread throughout Europe. Many a delectable sausage of today bears the name of its city of origin. From Italy comes Milano, Romano, Genoa, Bologna, and Salami. Sausage makers in Germany and Austria led the development of fresh and cooked sausages. From Frankfurt, Germany, came the frankfurter and from Vienna, Austria, the wienerwurst.
Sausage is continuing to grow in popularity and homemade sausages are common. Homemade sausages are particularly popular among big game hunters who find that properly handled game, when made into sausage, is palatable. Further incentive for preparation of game at home comes from production of sausages spiced to meet individual preferences and made from the hunter's game.