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Patt Morrison: How pancakes, french toast and omelettes became breakfast staples

A sausage, onion and pepper omelette.
A sausage, onion and pepper omelette.
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Why do you eat breakfast? We don’t mean why do you have a meal in the morning – it’s because you’re hungry, or because your mother always told you to.

More specifically, why do we eat the food we do at breakfast? Most of it we’d almost never eat for lunch or dinner: pancakes, bacon, french toast or waffles.

Patt Morrison has been doing a little reportorial taste test on what makes breakfast such a different meal in this country, and why we love it just the way it is. She poses the question to food historian Heather Arndt Anderson, author of "Breakfast: A History," and restaurateur Jim McCarty.