Dinner Roles: American Women and Culinary Culture

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  • Who cooks dinner in American homes? It's no surprise that “Mom” remains the overwhelming answer. Cooking and all it entails, from grocery shopping to chopping vegetables to clearing the table, is to this day primarily a woman's responsibility. How this relationship between women and food developed through the twentieth century and why it has endured are the questions Sherrie Inness seeks to answer in Dinner Roles: American Women and Culinary Culture. By exploring a wide range of popular media from the Þrst half of the twentieth century, including cookbooks, women's magazines, and advertisements, Dinner Roles sheds light on the network of sources that helped perpetuate the notion that cooking is women's work. Cookbooks and advertisements provided valuable information about the ideals that American society upheld. A woman who could prepare the perfect Jell-O mold, whip up a cake with her new electric mixer, and still maintain a spotless kitchen and a sunny disposition was the envy of other housewives across the nation. Inness begins her exploration not with women but with men-those individuals often missing from the kitchen who were taught their own set of culinary values. She continues with the study of juvenile cookbooks, which provided children with their Þrst cooking lessons. Chapters on the rise of electronic appliances, ethnic foods, and the 1950s housewife all add to our greater understanding of women's evolving roles in American culinary culture.
  • Author:
    Sherrie A. Inness
    Binding:
    Paperback
    Dewey Decimal Number:
    641.59730820904
    EAN:
    9780877457633
    Edition:
    1
    ISBN:
    0877457638
    Label:
    University Of Iowa Press
    Languages:
    English
    List Price:
    $21.00
    Manufacturer:
    University Of Iowa Press
    Number Of Items:
    1
    Number Of Pages:
    246
    Product Group:
    Book
    Product Type Name:
    ABIS_BOOK
    Publication Date:
    2001-05-01
    Publisher:
    University Of Iowa Press
    Studio:
    University Of Iowa Press
    Title:
    Dinner Roles: American Women and Culinary Culture

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