Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America

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Viking, Mar 1, 2004 - Social Science - 306 pages
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In this delightfully surprising history, Laura Shapiro ;author of the classic Perfection Salad ;recounts the prepackaged dreams that bombarded American kitchens during the fifties. Faced with convincing homemakers that foxhole food could make it in the dining room, the food industry put forth the marketing notion that cooking was hard; opening cans, on the other hand, wasn't. But women weren't so easily convinced by the canned and plastic-wrapped concoctions and a battle for both the kitchen and the true definition of homemaker ensued. Beautifully written and full of wry observation, this is a fun, illuminating, and definitely easy-to-digest look back at a crossroads in American cooking.

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User Review  - dms02 - LibraryThing

This book was ok. I have other books on the food industry and cooking in America that were more to my liking. This book did contain some gems though. I was irate over what the ad execs were able to do ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

Two stars is a gracious rating. Let me sum up the reinvention mentioned in the book, cake mix. And that is it. Otherwise the author waxes eloquent, and at times too damn eloquent, on the sociological ... Read full review

Contents

The Housewifes Dream
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Something from the Oven
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Dont Check Your Brains at the Kitchen Door
91
Copyright

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Laurie Gwen Shapiro is a native Manhattanite. Her resume includes time as a sex call screener for Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and as Peter Jennings's assistant at a publishing company. She now works full-time writing fiction and screenplays and coproducing independent films, including "The McCourts of Limerick" and "Once When I Was a Cannibal". She's currently writing the screenplay for "The Unexpected Salami" which has been optioned for a film by Radical Media.

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