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Lumberjack breakfast[edit]

Full breakfast states that the lumberjack breakfast is another name for a full breakfast; however, my OR would say otherwise. In addition, this source doesn't mention the full breakfast at all. On another note, this is a common breakfast both in the United States and Canada, should it be included in both sections? We have a bit of a dilemma in that there's really no way to organize this article other than splitting it out by countries; however, we run the risk of redundancy. This will probably be fixed somewhat as some topics grow and get split off, but I was interested if anyone had an innovative way of dealing with it. Ryan Vesey 03:04, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

Ryan, I added a small section on what I could find about the lumberjack breakfast, in which there is also a section on the Canadian Cuisine wiki page. Ksb93 (talk) 15:59, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

Suhoor[edit]

Is this really breakfast? It is an early morning meal, but it is a replacement for a traditional Muslim breakfast during the month of Ramadan. When thinking of breakfast traditionally as "breaking the fast", suhoor is the direct opposite. It certainly isn't acceptable to depict suhoor as an Islamic breakfast, but it might be acceptable to state that "During the month of Ramadan, Muslims replace traditional breakfast with suhoor..." I can leave a note at WikiProject Islam if we want another opinion. Ryan Vesey 05:00, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

I've reworded the selection per the suggestion above. Check out the "In Islam" section now back in the article at this time. Northamerica1000(talk) 05:24, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

From our research for our class project, we felt that Suhoor does not fall into the category of breakfast Suhoor Ksb93 (talk) 15:24, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

DYK nomination[edit]

This article has been nominated to become a Did you know entry. See: Template:Did you know nominations/History of breakfast. Northamerica1000(talk) 08:14, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

Older material needed[edit]

This article presently has a particular focus on relatively recent history. I think that this current approach of focusing on the fairly recent histories of breakfast in presently existing countries may not be the best approach; we should be sure to include history from far more diverse eras of history. Some examples:

I guess overall what I'm saying is that we should lend more focus to more distant time periods than we currently are. The article may need to be reorganized to do this. --Philpill691 (talk) 01:22, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

I would agree, I think there needs to be more history in this history article. I found this BBC article interesting, which might give a starting point:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20243692 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 114.198.124.115 (talk) 04:13, 18 August 2013 (UTC)

For our class proposal we added more content about the Middle Ages, Ancient breakfasts, and Medieval breakfast. Do you think that this is the kind of information you are looking for? Ksb93 (talk) 15:21, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

Proposal for Class Project[edit]

As students of Cornell University, we are taking a class that has us contribute to the Wikipedia community by helping to improve an article.
Our group has chosen to focus on History of breakfast.
To learn more about our course, you can visit its course page.

The members of the group are:


After an initial investigation of the site, its talk page, and history, we believe that a restructuring of the page will benefit it greatly. The scope of this article is extremely large, and making it a comprehensive article would be impossible in the allotted time. However, we do hope to see the article structured chronologically, rather than regionally, since it is a History. We plan on creating three major sections:

  • Ancient Breakfast - a framework for information about breakfast in ancient civilizations such as Ancient Egypt, Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, etc...
  • Postclassical Breakfast- a framework for information about breakfast in cultures throughout the middle ages, maybe in the developing Islamic faith, and up until roughly 1500AD
  • Modern Breakfast- a framework for information about breakfast in cultures since the discovery of the Americas, throughout the industrial revolution and Renaissance, up until present day.


Hopefully, all the current information can be relocated into one of these three categories. The categories may be further divided up regionally or culturally within each time period. In order to collect as much citable information, we plan on utilizing resources cited by other Wikipedia articles about culture and food. Simultaneously, we plan on using the resources in the Cornell University network, including the online and offline libraries, and the history and anthropology departments. Hopefully, by the end of the assignment, we will leave this page with a greater framework for future expansion and development.

Each of the three group members will focus on developing one of the three major sections.
Nicole will work on the Ancient Breakfast, upon doing some preliminary exploration, she has found sources such as:

  • Encyclopedia of food and culture (Katz & Weaver 2003) ~ Available at school library
  • Food in the ancient world (Hill & Wilkins 2006) ~ Available at school library
  • Food in the ancient world (Alcock 2006) ~ Available at school library

And images in the WikiCommons such as the first two to the left.

Maler der Grabkammer des Menna 009
Frescos of three vignettes of fruit, Casa dei Cervi, Herculaneum (before 79 CE)


Jesse will work on the Postclassical Breakfast, upon doing some preliminary exploration, she has found sources such as:

  • Food in the Middle Ages (Wooglar 2010) ~ Available at school library
  • All Manners Food: Eating and Taste in England and France from the Middle Ages to the Present (Mennell 1996) ~ Available at school library
  • Food, Drink and Identity: Cooking, Eating, and Drinking in Europe since the Middle Ages (Scholliers 2001) ~ Available at school library

And images in the WikiCommons such as the images displayed to the left [[1]] [[2]]

Kate will work on the Modern Breakfast, upon doing some preliminary exploration, she has found sources such as:

  • A Brief History of Breakfast (Grocer, 2009) ~ Available through Cornell scholar subscription
  • The Cereals and Civilation (Wissler, 1947) ~ Available at school library
  • Encyclopedia of Food and Culture: Breakfast (2003) ~ Available at school library

And images in the WikiCommons such as the images displayed to the left

French Croissants
A traditional family breakfast in the Isan, Thailand


Please let us know if you have any feedback or concerns about our proposal. Nicole.cooprider (talk) 14:10, 23 September 2013 (UTC)

Niteshgoyalwiki (talk) 15:11, 1 October 2013 (UTC)Feedback from Niteshgoyalwiki (talk)

  • Move the Template for Educational Assignment to the top of the Talk Page. Done. Good Job.
  • How do you plan to further divide each of the three ages - by countries? Will you be repurposing the original content?

I see that you will be adding content from encyclopedia and other resources - good to know that you have identified sources where you will be getting the new content from.

  • It'd be great if you can source images from the books and articles that you mentioned and add them to wikimedia.
  • I see that some one has already engaged with Nicole's post. Good job picking an article of interest and with some talk going on
  • I'd advise being more proactive and talking to other users on the talk page (like the useful comments below). Feel free to comment back to them suggest how you would like to incorporate their comments and suggestions, when necessary. This should improve chances of communication.
  • Remember to nominate your article to did you know by the end of class on Tuesday.
You might want to follow up the reference (#30 as things stand) from Simon Schama in Frederick Slare. Slare was writing on sugar, and seems to have advocated what in the UK gets called a "continental breakfast". This comes early in the nutritional debate on breakfast, "urbanization", savory versus sweet, drinks, and so on. There must be much more to say. Charles Matthews (talk) 19:00, 26 September 2013 (UTC)
Hello, I hope this information will help you edit. Here are some of the most common citation templates that you can use:
Thanks for the hard work and hope you get an A! --Jeremy (blah blahI did it!) 08:10, 28 September 2013 (UTC)


Feedback from Prof. Leshed:
Looks like you are going to put a lot of effort in organizing the article, and I look forward to see the improved article. Here are some comments for a successful project:
  • Since you are suggesting to change the structure and organization of the article, you will need to get other editors who have been working on this article to agree. This is not a minor edit or addition to the article. When you do so, explain your reasoning and request feedback from others on the talk page. Otherwise, other editors might decide to revert your changes, which will be sad.
  • Make sure at least one of the group members is comfortable with the wiki markup language and becomes familiar with the Wikipedia standards and guidelines to "wikify" your edits.
  • You've already started getting feedback from other editors. Follow up on these suggestions, thank them personally on their talk pages, and discuss the changes with them.
Happy editing! LeshedInstructor (talk) 15:23, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
@Nicole.cooprider: Thanks for this detailed explanation of your plans to contribute to this interesting article. I have a few comments, in addition to your professor's above:
  • References: they sound great. Such a good idea to find sources with relevant information before committing a lot of time to an article, as the cited statements are the only ones likely to "stick".
  • Reorganization: I understand your idea about restructuring this article. My biggest concern is that the current article currently links to many other specific histories of cuisine/breakfast within a region. This makes a lot of sense, since this article is an overview of breakfast in general. So the 'main articles' are essentially listed as further reading for any readers who'd like to dig a little deeper. I assume breakfast developed at different rates during different periods across regions, so if you restructure the entire outline based on chronology, it might get confusing. Does that make sense? Others might agree that it's a good idea, though! Just some feedback about the potential challenge ahead. Hope it helps! JMathewson (WMF) (talk) 19:03, 1 October 2013 (UTC)
We are thinking that once the article has been reorganized to be more of 'a history' being more chronological in nature, it may make sense to make sub categories more regional too. Certainly in each major era, breakfasts still different regionally. Does that sound like good middle ground? We certainly plan to keep the article functioning as a source of further readings, because it would be unnecessary and near impossible to make it a comprehensive history of all breakfast foods and practices. Thank you for your feedback! Don't hesitate to give us more! Nicole.cooprider (talk) 18:05, 4 October 2013 (UTC)
more photos at Breakfast; more assessment info here Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Assessment ; might want to consider an infobox Template:Infobox recurring event -- you picked a hard topic since couldn't find much at google scholar; nothing at Encyclopedia Britannica; but series of essays by oliver wendell holmes s:The_Autocrat_of_the_Breakfast-Table. 98.163.68.34 (talk) 03:08, 11 October 2013 (UTC)

Lunch and Dinner WikiProject proposal[edit]

Well, this project makes me hungry... However, to the point; Kate Boxer, left me a message saying that she would like to know if I can be of any help (sorry if I reply so late). Lets also create WikiProject Lunch and WikiProject Dinner! Treat it however you like, maybe its a joke, but it might work!--Mishae (talk) 19:29, 1 October 2013 (UTC)