Ken Albala discusses Pancake: A Global History on Tuesday, January 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Albala explains the cultural importance of the pancake through human history – from the Greek and Roman eras to the Middle Ages to present day. The pancake has earned a reputation as a nutritional staple, a comfort food, a portable victual for travelers, a celebratory dish, and a breakfast meal. Pancake: A Global History also includes several historic and modern recipes.
Albala is a professor of history at the University of the Pacific. He is also the author of Cooking in Europe: 1250-1650, The Banquet: Dining in the Great Courts of Late Renaissance Europe, and Beans: A History.
Copies of Pancake: A Global History will be available for sale, and Albala will sign copies purchased during the event.Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Click here  or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.
Two other programs at the Kansas City Public Library offer a fountain of fun food facts as the authors of Hamburger: A Global History , and Citrus: A History  discuss their books on January 13 and 27, respectively.
The books are part of Reaktion Books’ new Edible series of chapbooks.
The programs complement the Hungry Planet exhibit  on display at the Central Library through January 18.
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