Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century, With a New Afterword (California Studies in Food and Culture)

by Laura Shapiro

Paperback, 2008


Call number

Culinary Literature -- SHA

Call number

Culinary Literature -- SHA


University of California Press (2008), Edition: 1, Paperback, 296 pages


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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296 p.; 8.2 inches
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