Rebekah Pite's book is a well-done and original examination of the culture of food consumption and the role of women in Argentine society in the twentieth century. It is primarily focused on Buenos Aires and other urban areas. What makes this book different and entertaining is the way that it approaches the topic. The author uses the life, and especially the career, of the iconic figure Petrona C. de Gandulfo (better known as Doña Petrona) to examine the changing role of food, food consumption, cooking, and women (especially of the middle classes) between the 1930s and the 1990s. This was a period of rapid change in technology. It saw the introduction of gas and electric stoves and refrigerators, as well as many more processed foods. It also saw the rapid change in what were considered acceptable activities for middle-class women, especially after...

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