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.
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