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Inventing baby food : taste, health, and the industrialization of the American diet / Amy Bentley.

Bentley, Amy, 1962- (author.).
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Subject: Infants > Nutrition > United States > History.
Health & Biological Sciences.
Child Nutrition Sciences > history.
United States.
Food Industry > history.
Infant Food > history.
History, Modern 1601-.
Foods, Specialized.
Age Groups
Technology, Industry, and Agriculture
Named Groups
Technology, Industry, Agriculture
Food and Beverages
Infant Food.
Food Industry.
History, 21st Century.
History, 20th Century.
History, 19th Century.
Genre: Electronic books.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780520959149
  • ISBN: 0520959140
  • ISBN: 9781322071367
  • ISBN: 1322071365
  • ISBN: 0520277376
  • ISBN: 9780520277373
  • ISBN: 0520283457
  • ISBN: 9780520283459
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
  • Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2014]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 1890s to 1930s: industrial food, industrial baby food -- Shifting child-rearing philosophies and early solids: the golden age of baby food at mid-century -- 1960s to1970s: industrialization, taste, and its discontents -- 1970s to1990s: natural food, natural motherhood, and the turn toward homemade -- Reinventing food for babies in the twenty-first century.
Summary: Food consumption is a significant and complex social activity-and what a society chooses to feed its children reveals much about its tastes and ideas regarding health. In this groundbreaking historical work, Amy Bentley explores how the invention of commercial baby food shaped American notions of infancy and influenced the evolution of parental and pediatric care. Until the late nineteenth century, infants were almost exclusively fed breast milk. But over the course of a few short decades, Americans began feeding their babies formula and solid foods, frequently as early as a few weeks after birth. By the 1950s, commercial baby food had become emblematic of all things modern in postwar America. Little jars of baby food were thought to resolve a multitude of problems in the domestic sphere: they reduced parental anxieties about nutrition and health; they made caretakers feel empowered; and they offered women entering the workforce an irresistible convenience. But these baby food products laden with sugar, salt, and starch also became a gateway to the industrialized diet that blossomed during this period. Today, baby food continues to be shaped by medical, commercial, and parenting trends. Baby food producers now contend with health and nutrition problems as well as the rise of alternative food movements. All of this matters because, as the author suggests, it's during infancy that American palates become acclimated to tastes and textures, including those of highly processed, minimally nutritious, and calorie-dense industrial food products.
Language Note: English.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
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