Pancake: A Global History

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Reaktion Books, Oct 7, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 128 pages
Round, thin, and made of starchy batter cooked on a flat surface, it is a food that goes by many names: flapjack, crÍpe, 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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User Review  - EstherCervantes - LibraryThing

Not good. Thin history, lots of trivia and corny humor, strange editorial choices: brief but intriguing discussions of the initial social conservatism of pancake houses and of the racial and social ... Read full review


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