Pancake: A Global History (Edible)

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In "Pancake", Ken Albala rigorously defines his subject: a pancake is a flat cake made from starchy batter, cooked in a small amount of fat on a flat surface. A scone is not a pancake, for example, but a blini is. The author recounts the illustrious history of pancakes around the world, from Greek and Roman times, to the Middle Ages, to the present. Today, whether it be maple syrup-laden flapjacks in North America, injera in Ethiopia, the famous French crepe, Japanese okonomiyaki, or Russian blini, he shows how pancakes have been the food which has perennially sustained our species.He also reveals how pancakes take on multifarious meanings across civilizations: as comfort food, food for travellers, celebratory and breakfast food. Containing 50 illustrations, with around 25 in colour, "Pancake" takes us on a light-hearted tour through historic and modern recipes, and at the same time explores the role of pancakes in culture. The book shows why pancakes have such universal appeal, and how the pancake has become such a global food favourite.

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'Albala perfectly marries [his] occupational penchant for facts with an innate literary style. His personal musings on the definition of the pancake often mirror a one-man, Socratic approach to problem-solving. Though the questions are posed internally, Albala is able to intelligently convey the results of his reflections to his audience, and the reader instantly becomes a willing party to the author's pursuit of the elusive pancake.' --Eats.com

'The Edible Series contains some of the most delicious nuggets of food and drink history ever. Every volume is such a fascinating and succinct read that I had to devour each in just a single sitting . . . food writing at its best!' --Ken Hom, Chef and author

These are food memoirs, salacious and exotic, colorful, powdered, sweet, greasy and globe-trotting . . . sharp and speedy little reads, spotted with off-kilter illustrations' --Chicago Tribune

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Ken Albala is Professor of History at the University of the Pacific, California. He is the author of many books on the history of food, including Cooking in Europe: 1250-1650 (2006), The Banquet: Dining in the Great Courts of Late Renaissance Europe (2007), and Beans: A History (2007).

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