Thursday, January 8, 2009

Double Cheeseburgers, Quiche and Vegetarian Burritos

Mmmmm! Reading this book made me very hungry! Double Cheeseburgers, Quiche and Vegetarian Burritos: American Cooking from the 1920s Through Today by Loretta Frances Ichord is a great book for anyone who enjoys food (and who doesn't enjoy food?). The book is organized chronologically beginning in the 1920s with the invention of several new food items: Wonder Bread began selling sliced bread, quick cooking oatmeal was developed, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese hit grocery stores. When the Depression began Ichord chronicles how victory gardens were planted and rationing took place. After World War II's end, TV dinners were developed and as time has progressed more time saving cooking devices and prepackaged food items have become commonplace.
I don't think there was any new information that was surprising to me, but I can see middle grade nonfiction readers enjoying this book a lot because most of what is being written about they have had personal experience with. A few years ago I purchased an adult book, From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals by Barbara Haber which discusses in greater depth how American food and eating has changed over time. That book is still waiting to be read, and after having a chance to read Double Cheeseburgers, I am more interested in digging the adult title out again.

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