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American Kitchen: 1700 to the Present - from Hearth to Highrise
     

American Kitchen: 1700 to the Present - from Hearth to Highrise

by Ellen M. Plante, Ellen M Plante
 
The kitchen has long been recognized as the living room of American homes. From immense Colonial hearths to compact galleys tucked into modern highrises, kitchens have remained the ground zero of domestic activity, continually reflecting social change occurring both inside and outside the home.

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The kitchen has long been recognized as the living room of American homes. From immense Colonial hearths to compact galleys tucked into modern highrises, kitchens have remained the ground zero of domestic activity, continually reflecting social change occurring both inside and outside the home.

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Library Journal
Struble identifies "Americanist" music as a "conservative" style using vernacular sources for melody and rhythm. In contrast, most American composers-though often representative of their generation-have expressed distinctly original ideas in their memorable music. Such strong opinions, supported by reasonable arguments, are the author's best asset. Unfortunately, Struble repeatedly threatens to numb readers with paragraphs that do little but present lists in between discussions of individual composers. Still, this is less technical and focuses more exclusively on art music than H. Wiley Hitchcock's Music in the United States (Prentice Hall, 1988. 3d ed.) and will make a thoughtful, reasonably priced supplement to large music collections. Useful appendixes give a historical chronology, list composers by place of origin, and propose a canon of major works.-Bonnie Jo Dopp, formerly with Dist. of Columbia P.L.
School Library Journal
YA-A wondrous history of the evolution of the focal point of the American home, beginning with the colonial kitchen and traveling to the present. Plante gives readers not only a clear view of how the room has changed, but also of how the family itself has changed. The illustrations and reproductions of advertisements make visualizing the text interesting and easy. The ``Household Hints and Recipes'' are outstanding, each worthy of the era they reflect. An entertaining factual source.-Susan Sager, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Booknews
More than a sequence of improved gadgets, the development of the kitchen in U.S. homes mirrors the roles women have played privately and publicly; a journalist charts the uneven domestic landscape to provide a new view of our social and technological history. Of interest to students and educators in history and home economics who want to trace the changes in women's roles and the American family through their lives at home and at the table. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816030385
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.11(d)

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