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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520257382
ISBN-10: 0520257383
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 16-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Laura Shapiro

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.

Books By Author Laura Shapiro

My Kitchen Wars by Laura Shapiro

My Kitchen Wars

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Something from the Oven by Laura Shapiro

Something from the Oven

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First Time I Got Paid for it by Laura Shapiro

The First Time I Got Paid for it

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Julia Child by Laura Shapiro

Julia Child

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