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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 Mary Drake McFeely 1558493336 9781558493339 In the rural America of the past, a womans reputation was sometimes made by her cherry pie -- or her c
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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 women left the home to enter the paid labor force, mastery of cooking remained a 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, culinary skill 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 evolved during the twentieth century as new challenges arose to replace the old. Still tied to the kitchen, women found that instead of simply providing sustenance for the household, 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 families happy and healthy.

Author: Mary Drake McFeely

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 208

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

Publication Date: 2001-10-02

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ISBN: 1558493336


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