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Something from the Oven : Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America
by Laura Shapiro


Overview - Author of the forthcoming What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories (Summer 2017)

In this captivating blend of culinary history and popular culture, the award-winning author of Perfection Salad shows us what happened when the food industry elbowed its way into the kitchen after World War II, brandishing canned hamburgers, frozen baked beans, and instant piecrusts.  Read more...


 
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More About Something from the Oven by Laura Shapiro
 
 
 
Overview
Author of the forthcoming What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories (Summer 2017)

In this captivating blend of culinary history and popular culture, the award-winning author of Perfection Salad shows us what happened when the food industry elbowed its way into the kitchen after World War II, brandishing canned hamburgers, frozen baked beans, and instant piecrusts. Big Business waged an all-out campaign to win the allegiance of American housewives, but most women were suspicious of the new foods--and the make-believe cooking they entailed. With sharp insight and good humor, Laura Shapiro shows how the ensuing battle helped shape the way we eat today, and how the clash in the kitchen reverberated elsewhere in the house as women struggled with marriage, work, and domesticity. This unconventional history overturns our notions about the '50s and offers new thinking on some of its fascinating figures, including Poppy Cannon, Shirley Jackson, Julia Child, and Betty Friedan.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780143034919
  • ISBN-10: 014303491X
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: March 2005
  • Page Count: 306
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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