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Better Than Homemade Amazing Foods That Changed the Way We Eat

ISBN-10: 1931686424

ISBN-13: 9781931686426

Edition: 2004

Authors: Carolyn Wyman

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(1)Who put the Minute in Minute Rice? (2)What, exactly, is Spam? (3)And why do Pringles come in a tennis ball can? Discover the answers to all these questions and more in Better Than Homemade, a freewheeling illustrated history of the packaged foods industry. From Green Giant and Hamburger Helper to Jiffy Pop and Jell-O, syndicated columnist Carolyn Wyman reveals the fascinating origins of your favorite "food" products -- along with never-before published advertisements, innovative packaging (cheese in a can!?), and hilarious "unauthorized uses." You'll learn that Birds Eye frozen foods were invented by an Arctic adventurer; Kool-Aid got its start from an 11-year-old entrepreneuer; and Twinkies were once used to capture a gang of escaped baboons. Perfect for fans of the Food Network's Unwrapped, this guide is the ultimate paean to processed pleasures! (1) Afghan prince Attaullah Durrani, who brought the idea to General Foods. (2) According to Spam's website, "Pork shoulder and ham, mostly." Mostly?! (3) To answer consumer complaints that potato chips were greasy and broke too easily.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication date: 8/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Carolyn Wyman is the author of Spam: A Biography, I'm a Spam Fan, and The Kitchen Sink Cookbook. She has written for several trade magazines and national publications, such as the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, and the New York Times. For over ten years her weekly column, "Supermarket Sampler," a review of new food products syndicated by Universal Press, has appeared in more than one hundred newspapers across the country. Wyman lives in Middletown, Connecticut.

Introduction
Homemaker Helpers: Foods that revolutionized the kitchen-freeing Mom from the role of kitchen slave
Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables
Minute Rice
On-Cor Family-Size Entrees
Hamburger Helper
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
Potato Buds Instant Mashed Potatoes
Marshmallow Fluff
Shake 'n Bake
Kool-Aid
Dinty Moore Beef Stew
Powerful Packages: Foods with innovative product delivery systems
Pillsbury Poppin' Fresh Dough
Easy Cheese Aerosol (a.k.a. Snack Mate)
Jiffy Pop Popcorn
Pringles Potato Chips
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spray
Reddi-wip
PAM
Lipton Cup-a-Soup
Triumphs of Technology: Foods that improve on Mother Nature
Coffee-mate Non-Dairy Creamer
Cool Whip
Sweet 'N Low
Tang
Sanka
Wonder Bread
Minute Maid Orange Juice
Bac-Os
Beer Nuts
Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Carnation Instant Breakfast
Indestructibles and Recyclables: Foods for the long haul-plus recycled food-factory
scraps
Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry Milk
Twinkies
SPAM
Velveeta
Slim Jim
Cheez Whiz
Mrs.Paul's Fish Sticks
Ore-Ida Tater Tots
Marketing Marvels: Advertising has made these must-eats
Jell-O
Parkay
Clamato
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts
SpaghettiOs
Little Debbie Snack Cakes
Green Giant Canned Peas
Swanson TV Dinners
Hawaiian Punch
Permissions and Trademarks
Index
Acknowledgments
Table of Equivalents