Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Better Than Homemade: Amazing Foods That Changed the Way We Eat by Carolyn Wyman

Before delving into or even revealing March's theme, here is another book I finished recently.

I read this book aloud to my wife, and we both enjoyed reminiscing about these favorite foods and the advertising etched into our brains. Wyman tells the stories behind several dozen venerable products from Hamburger Helper (still a staple at our house) to Reddi-wip to Minute Maid Orange Juice to Ore-Ida Tater Tots. She explains each item's place in processed food industry history, an industry that didn't even exist until recently. Plentiful color photos show packaging and advertising through the years, and sidebars offer interesting tidbits including alternative uses for Potato Buds, Coffee-mate Non-Dairy Creamer, and 24-ounce Dinty Moore Beef Stew cans. Better Than Homemade is fun and informative.

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