Breakfast Cereal: A Global History (Edible) (Hardcover)

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Breakfast Cereal: A Global History (Edible) (Hardcover)


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A global history of breakfast cereal, from the first grain porridges to off-brand Cheerios.
Simple, healthy, and comforting, breakfast cereals are a perennially popular way to start the day. This book examines cereal’s long, distinguished, and surprising history—dating back to when, around 10,000 years ago, the agricultural revolution led people to break their fasts with wheat, rice, and corn porridges. Only in the second half of the nineteenth century did entrepreneurs and food reformers create the breakfast cereals we recognize today: Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Cheerios, and Quaker Oats, among others. In this entertaining, well-illustrated account, Kathryn Cornell Dolan explores the history of breakfast cereals, including many historical and modern recipes that the reader can try at home.
Kathryn Cornell Dolan is an associate professor of English and technical communication at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Her books include Cattle Country.
Product Details ISBN: 9781789146950
ISBN-10: 178914695X
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication Date: April 28th, 2023
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Edible
Breakfast Cereal will reward readers with relatable stories and familiar images. It is worthy of a place at The Edible Series table and is the ideal starting point for your collection of the same: one down, 89 to go.”
— Culinary Historians of Canada

"Human beings have been starting the day right for thousands of years . . . Now the fascinating stories behind the bowlfuls we serve up each day are revealed in Breakfast Cereal: A Global History."
— People's Friend

"An entertaining journey from the earliest accounts of pottages and porridges to the contemporary craze for breakfast bars, this is a must read."
— Etta M. Madden, Missouri State University