Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America

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Viking, 2004 - Cooking - 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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Review: Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America

User Review  - Becky Jenson Straub - Goodreads

I chose this title for my book club's September selection. It was very interesting, but not written in a very compelling voice. I learned a ton about the misconceptions we are shown about the 50's. Of note: no one showed up for this book club meeting... Read full review

Review: Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America

User Review  - Frank Inserra - Goodreads

The death of slow food in the post-WWII suburban American kitchen, and the arrival of the "space age" kitchen. This book had peaks and valleys. On balance, it will be well worth the effort for foodies ... 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
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Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Laura Shapiro was an award-winning writer at Newsweek for more than fifteen years. The author of Perfection Salad, she has written for many publications, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Granta, and Gourmet.

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