Dolan publishes book on the history of cereal

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A new book by Dr. Kathryn Dolan, associate professor of English and technical communication, delves into the history of breakfast cereals and the role they have played in society and culture. Breakfast Cereal: A Global History by Dr. Kathryn Cornell Dolan examines the entirety of cereal, from the beginning of agricultural history in the Fertile Crescent to modern sugary snacks.

Dolan’s new book, recently published by The University of Chicago Press, opens approximately 10,000 years ago with the agricultural revolution when people stopped living in a daily hunter-gatherer mindset and began farming.

“There was no such thing as cereal until grain storage such as clay pottery developed,” says Dolan. “The creation of cereal was relatively recent in the geological timeline – wheat, rice and corn porridges all led to what we recognize today as corn flakes, oatmeal and Froot Loops.”

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