The first use of the word "refrigerator" was in 1611.
And the technology has its roots in the 11th century with Avicemma, with Oliver Evans inventing the first one in 1805.
All this was triggered by an Ann Althouse post ,
a long quotation by Mark Twain listing the foods he wanted to eat when he returned to the U.S. The last sentence: "Ice-water--not prepared in the ineffectual goblet, but in the sincere and capable refrigerator."
The listing of foods is interesting--lots of game, lots of your basic American cuisine.