Monday, April 28, 2008

Warmest Room in the House

The Warmest Room in the House: How the kitchen became the heart of the twentieth-century American home was a pretty straightforward book. As the title suggests, it's a history of attitudes toward food in America, with an emphasis on how that affected the design of the kitchen. Broad-focused, informative, and easy to read. Kept my attention all the way through.

Book 27


Gail said...

Just put this on hold. The book cover shown at my library is of a 50's style family in the kitchen. I found myself feeling uncomfortable with that cover. I liked the whisk picture better. Either way, it sounds interesting and I plan to read it.

SnowLeopard said...

You can see how kitchens have changed from the small dark variety of the 50s--70s, to the wide open and brightly lit kitchens of today. We do spend quite a lot of time in there- aside from sleeping and sitting in front of my computer, I'd say I spend the most of my time in the kitch! :) Did this book give some good floor plans as well? Sounds interesting, even if just to flip through.

Turi said...

Yeah, that other cover seemed to be more common, when I was looking for an image.

No, no floor plans in the book, and very few illustrations. Good info, though.