Flatbreads are Easy and Very, Very Versatile.
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We find them in all cultures since the beginning of time but not used in North America to any extent until quite recently.

The Persians had their Barbari, the Turks their Bazlama, Italy its Paidina, Yemon its Iahoh, Morocco its Harsha, Ethiopia its Injera, Somalia its Laxoox, India its Chapati, Venezuela its Arepa, Jamaica its Bammy, Mexico its Tortillas and on and on it goes. Frequently, flatbreads are a means for moving tasty items from source to mouth using it as an edible “vehicle.” At medieval feasts, they used no dinner plates and laid foods they wanted onto slices of bread called trenches. These contained the juices, and they ate the trenches afterward.

Nancy Kruse reported in Restaurant News, lately, “The presence of flatbreads on restaurant chain menus jumped a whopping 80 percent between 2008 and 2010, according to foodservice research firm Technomic Inc.” She continues further stating that Americans were looking for a substitute for traditional sandwiches. Soon they had their hands on handier wraps, tortillas and focaccias to gain nourishment. Continue reading