Pancakes are one of the oldest prepared foods and almost every culture has their own version of them

Once you expand your horizons, you realize that pancakes are a tricky business, and they are highly-impossible to define. Pancakes are one of mankind’s oldest prepared foods, which is why you’ll find some iteration of them in virtually every cuisine around the world. And that’s where a clearer understanding of the pancake starts to emerge: Both pancakes and flatbreads embody the idea that the most common and basic ingredients can combine into a whole far greater than the sum of its parts. In other words, a pancake, no matter how you define it, is a lens through which to see the world.