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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

Paperback, March 2009
Something from the Oven by Laura Shapiro

Something from the Oven

Paperback / softback, March 2005
First Time I Got Paid for it by Laura Shapiro

The First Time I Got Paid for it

Paperback, January 2002
Julia Child by Laura Shapiro

Julia Child

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