You'll find lots of name dropping in Something from the Oven. Names like cookbook author, food columnist, and afternoon TV host, Poppy Cannon, as well as that of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein's companion of 39 years. Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, coauthor of Cheaper by the Dozen, and Peg Bracken, author of I Hate to Cook Book also are mentioned. A sizeable number of pages is devoted to America's first lady of food - Betty Crocker. Also included are the stories of MFK Fisher, Julia Child, and Feminine Mystique author, Betty Friedan, whose message that women should pursue activities outside the home contributed to an increase in the use of prepared food and a decrease in the time spent in the kitchen.
As usual, Shapiro has done her research well. Whether food is your hobby or an obsession, you’ll enjoy Something from the Oven. And don’t be surprised if reading it inspires you to go into the kitchen and cook!