Pancakes #14: The All About Pancakes Coloring Book

We've talked before about how pancakes kept popping up in the oddest places in the 1970s.  It shouldn't be surprising given the epidemic levels reached during the decade; however, it still is a bit strange to find in children's books.  I guess seventies swingers felt the need to teach their kids young in the fine art of pancake making.

In this episode we'll look at a few pages from the 1977 Dover publication, The All About Pancakes Coloring Book by A. B. Toklas.

I was lucky enough to find a copy on ebay without much damage; coloring books, as you might imagine, often are colored in and rarely in good condition.

One wonders how the poor unfortunate recipient of this coloring book felt back in '77.  Imagine the disappointment of not getting a Spider-Man or Hulk coloring book, but instead getting this rather disturbing look into the late seventies libido.

So, I ask that while you are enjoying the scanned pages from The All About Pancakes Coloring book, you stop to think about all the kids who had to break out the art supplies for this seedy mess.  Let's hope they had an ample supply of "flesh" colored Crayolas.


  1. I like your new found attitude. It's like you're in their face saying What The Frenchtoast they've already taken away the advertising what else are they going to do to me!

  2. I've said it before, and I'll probably say it again: You, sir, are a genius. A slightly twisted (jn the right direction) genius. Sorry someone already colored the couch cushion on the Francine page...

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  4. "Pancakes mean action!" I've found my new life slogan.

  5. Please, do you have more pics or information about Special Agent Melinda Blaze? It was a movie or TV Show? Thanks!

  6. I asked my wife for some hot pancakes for my birthday and she make me this bread like substance. What's up with that?

  7. This may be an incredibly stupid question, but was Alice B. Toklas actually involved in this coloring book in any way? I mean, she definitely died a decade before the 1977 publication date (and long before these pictures were taken, I suspect). Why would someone choose her name in particular as a penname? Particularly since she had, you know, written books (usually one doesn't choose an established author's name as their penname; otherwise I'd totally write under the name "Stephen King").

    I am delighted by this incomprehensible publication.

    1. You haven't been around here long, have you?