This work examines the foods eaten by postwar (1946 to 1965) American suburbanites to see how those foods were affected by larger trends in society. The work is divided into chapters which look the effects of, respectively, suburbanization and affluence; gender; changes in the postwar food industry, including food manufacturers and grocers; women's responses to those changes; and race and ethnicity. The conclusion is that suburban cooking was shaped by many of the larger trends in American society, and these trends tended to push Americans toward using more convenience foods such as packaged mixes and frozen foods.... The general thinking of the time can be seen in a wartime poster promoting the aquot;Basic 7, aquot; a precursor to todaya#39;s food pyramid. ... At the bottom of the poster are the words aquot;In addition to the Basic 7...eat any other foods you want. ... For one thing, suburban houses were smaller than prewar houses, and so their layout was more open and put the kitchen toward the front of the house instead of the back.
|Title||:||The Path to the Table: Cooking in Postwar American Suburbs|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|