Daily Archives: December 17, 2013

** Breakfast by Heather Arndt Anderson

Breakfast: A History is a delightful, unpretentious compendium of stories about breakfast, breakfast foods, and breakfast references in the arts. The first two are full of fun facts. Who knew that breakfast, now hailed as the most important meal of the day, was once a sin (no thank you, Thomas Aquinas)? That what we call French toast today was once known as German toast, before WWI forced a renaming, echoing the recent Freedom fries? That the unfortunate ancient Greeks dipped their doughnuts in wine, since coffee had not yet been introduced to them? The third section of the book. about breakfast and the arts, is sadly lacking any reproduction of the pieces it discusses, frustrating the reader who may not be familiar with them. Just stop when you are no longer hungry.

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