Pancake: A Global History

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Reaktion Books, Oct 7, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 128 pages
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Round, thin, and made of starchy batter cooked on a flat surface, it is a food that goes by many names: flapjack, crępe, and okonomiyaki, to name just a few. The pancake is a treasured food the world over, and now Ken Albala unearths the surprisingly rich history of pancakes and their sizzling goodness.
Pancake traverses over centuries and civilizations to examine the culinary and cultural importance of pancakes in human history. From the Russian blini to the Ethiopian injera, Albala reveals how pancakes have been a perennial source of sustenance from Greek and Roman eras to the Middle Ages through to the present day.  He explores how the pancake has gained symbolic currency in diverse societies as a comfort food, a portable victual for travelers, a celebratory dish, and a breakfast meal. The book also features a number of historic and modern recipes—tracing the first official pancake recipe to a sixteenth-century Dutch cook—and is accompanied by a rich selection of illustrations.
Pancake is a witty and erudite history of a well-known favorite and will ensure that the pancake will never be flattened under the shadow of better known foods. 

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Review: Pancake: A Global History (The Edible Series)

User Review  - Orsolya - Goodreads

Pancakes may quite possibly be the quintessential American breakfast food. However, these 'cakes' are not reserved for the United States and form a family of both sweet and savory versions world-wide ... Read full review

Review: Pancake: A Global History (The Edible Series)

User Review  - Desiree Koh - Goodreads

I have always made the following statement with plenty of aplomb: “One day, I am going to write a book about pancakes from all over the world.” Because, think about it. While many similar types of ... Read full review


What is a Pancake?
Comfort Food
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