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Pancake: A Global History (Edible)

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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, crêpe, 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.

 

About the Author

Ken Albala is professor of history at the University of the Pacific in California. He is the author of many books, including Cooking in Europe: 1250-1650, The Banquet: Dining in the Great Courts of Late Renaissance Europe, and Beans: A History.
 

Table of Contents

Introduction:  What is a Pancake?
 
1  Comfort Food
2  Celebration
3  Street Food
4  Working-class Food
5  Fine Dining
 
Afterword
 
Recipes
Select Bibliography
Websites and Associations
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861893925
Author:
Albala, Ken
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Courses & Dishes - Bread
Subject:
Pancakes, waffles, etc.
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Breads
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Reaktion Books - Edible
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 color plates, 25 halftones
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.75 x 4.75 in

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