I think that every single culture may have a version of a potato pancake. You know why? Probably because they’re easy and delicious. And surprisingly contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. I have some very fond memories of potato pancakes: my friend in middle school sharing latkes with us at lunch during Hanukkah, grating potatoes on the porch in silence with my roommate’s grandma who spoke no English when on a homestay in Korea, to this Oktoberfest, mooching off of someone’s German version. My grandma (Oklahoman) told me that they used to make them from leftover mashed potatoes.