[Sca-cooks] Bad Editing: Was panpepati was Pancakes and Fruitcakes

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Wed Feb 25 15:43:47 PST 2009

And actually I didn't point this out.

Not me this time...


Elise Fleming wrote:
> Greetings!  Johnnae (and someone else?) pointed out that the Duke 
> d'Este couldn't have served chocolate pampapati in 1465. (Columbus 
> hadn't even made his first voyage then!)  I'd thought of that at first 
> and then I got to thinking that the paragraph might have suffered from 
> poor writing or sloppy editing.  It says:
> > The reference is: ?The Christmas-New Years holidays are marked by the
> > appearance in pastry-shop windows of pampepato di ciccolato, a very
> > old Ferrarese sweet. It is a cake made of flour, cocoa, milk, honey
> > (sugar if honey is not at hand), pepper, spices, almonds, and lemon
> > peel with chocolate frosting powdered with sugar and tiny candies. It
> > is of ancient lineage. Duke Borso d?Este served pampapati at a banquet
> > on November 11, 1465, making them exceptionally appetizing by
> > inserting a gold piece in each."
> I think that the comment about the Duke isn't referring to the 
> pampepato di ciccolato, but that there's a reference to the Duke being 
> served pampapati.  Because that sentence comes just after the 
> chocolate reference and description, it would be logical to assume 
> that his pampapati is the same as the pampetato di ciccolato.  What 
> would have helped would have been to start a new paragraph with "It is 
> of ancient lineage" and said something like "There is a reference to 
> 'pampapati' in an account describing a banquet given by the Duke Borso 
> d'Este on November 11..."  While that isn't perfect, it would be less 
> likely to link chocolate and 1465.
> Alys K.

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