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Something From the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America
Something From the Oven Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America Author:Laura Shapiro In this delightfully surprising history, Laura Shapiroauthor of the classic Perfection Saladrecounts 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 ... more »hard; opening cans, on the other hand, wasnt. But women werent 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.« less
The first two chapters seemed repetitive to me. The book later picks up steam. Mostly this book describes the evolution, albeit guided or manipulated, of women's roles in family life as described through dinner and domesticity.