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Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?: American Women and the Kitchen in the Twentieth Century
Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?: American Women and the Kitchen in the Twentieth Century by Mary Drake McFeely 155849250X 9781558492509
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Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?: American Women and the Kitchen in the Twentieth Century by Mary Drake McFeely

In the rural America of the past, a womans reputation was sometimes made by her cherry pie -- or her chocolate layer cake, or her biscuits. As America modernized and as women left the home, entered the paid labor force, and battled their way to success in the professions, mastery of cooking remained an accepted sign that a woman took her gendered responsibilities seriously. Ironically, over the course of the twentieth century, as ready-made foods and kitchen appliances made home cooking less essential and labor-intensive, skill in the kitchen continued to be perceived not only by society but often by women themselves as a measure of a womans true value.<P>This book shows how cooking developed and evolved during the twentieth century. From Fannie Farmer to Julia Child, new challenges arose to replace the old. Women found themselves still tied to the kitchen, but for different reasons and with the need to acquire new skills. Instead of simply providing sustenance for the family, they now had to master more complex cooking techniques, the knowledge of ethnic cuisines, the science of nutrition, the business of consumerism, and, perhaps most important of all, the art of keeping their husbands and children happy and healthy.

Author: Mary Drake McFeely

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 194

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Pr

Publication Date: 2000-08-01

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ISBN: 155849250X


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