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California Studies in Food and Culture #24: Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century

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Toasted marshmallows stuffed with raisins? Green-and-white luncheons? Chemistry in the kitchen? This entertaining and erudite social history, now in its fourth paperback edition, tells the remarkable story of America's transformation from a nation of honest appetites into an obedient market for instant mashed potatoes. In Perfection Salad, Laura Shapiro investigates a band of passionate but ladylike reformers at the turn of the twentieth century—including Fannie Farmer of the Boston Cooking School—who were determined to modernize the American diet through a "scientific" approach to cooking. Shapiro's fascinating tale shows why we think the way we do about food today.

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"Shapiro recounts the story of scientific cooking with a deft humor some might find unbecoming to a work of impeccable scholarship. Yet how else are we to think about a movement that upheld mayonnaise, cream sauce, and the extended boiling of vegetables as cures for every social ill, from drunkenness and degeneracy to feminism and labor unrest?.... My only disappointment with Perfection Salad is that it ends too soon." --Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Book Review

"A comprehensive, droll social history of a curious women's movement that's responsible for everything from nutritional education programs to TV dinners."--Maureen Corrigan, Village Voice

About the Author

Laura Shapiro was on staff at Newsweek and is a contributor to the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Granta, and Gourmet. She is the author of Julia Child and Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520257382
Author:
Shapiro, Laura
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
Home economics
Subject:
General
Subject:
Home economics -- Study and teaching.
Subject:
Cookery -- Study and teaching.
Subject:
US History-General
Edition Description:
First Edition, With a New Afterword
Series:
California Studies in Food and Culture
Series Volume:
24
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 b/w photographs
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.32x5.56x.70 in. .75 lbs.

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Cooking and Food » Reference and Etiquette » Historical Food and Cooking
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Product details 296 pages University of California Press - English 9780520257382 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Shapiro recounts the story of scientific cooking with a deft humor some might find unbecoming to a work of impeccable scholarship. Yet how else are we to think about a movement that upheld mayonnaise, cream sauce, and the extended boiling of vegetables as cures for every social ill, from drunkenness and degeneracy to feminism and labor unrest?.... My only disappointment with Perfection Salad is that it ends too soon." --Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Book Review

"A comprehensive, droll social history of a curious women's movement that's responsible for everything from nutritional education programs to TV dinners."--Maureen Corrigan, Village Voice

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