publication . Book . Doctoral thesis . 2017

Baking Powder Wars

The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking
Linda Civitello;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Country: United States
Author(s): Civitello, Linda | Advisor(s): Yeager, Mary A. | Abstract: How did a mid-nineteenth century American invention, baking powder, replace yeast as a leavening agent and create a culinary revolution as profound as the use of yeast thousands of years ago?The approach was two-pronged and gendered: business archives, U.S. government records and lawsuits revealed how baking powder was created, marketed, and regulated. Women’s diaries and cookbooks—personal, corporate, community, ethnic—from the eighteenth century to internet blogs showed the use women made of the new technology of baking powder. American exceptionalism laid the groundwork for the baking powde...
free text keywords: American history, baking, business history, chemistry, food history, gender history, lawsuit, American exceptionalism, World War II, Assimilation (phonology), Baked goods, Legislature, Economic history, Leavening agent, Political science, Immigration, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Baking powder, food.ingredient, food
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