Melba toast is a dry, crisp, thinly-sliced type of toast. It’s usually served with soup or salad or topped with food for an open-face sandwich.

It’s comes pre-toasted in a box:

It was created at the Savoy hotel in London by chef Auguste Escoffer in 1897. He created it for Dame Nellie Melba, the stage name of Helen Porter Mitchell, an Australian opera singer who was ill. It became a staple of her diet. The hotel’s owner, César Ritz, named it Melba Toast.

Chef Escoffer also created Peach Melba for Dame Melba.

Do dullsters like Melba toast? Yes and no.

The yeses: It’s plain and simple, not fancy like those effete “artisan”  breads.

They nos: They don’t that it comes pre-toasted. They like to watch toast toast.