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Weekend reading: the history of home economics

5 monthes ago   |   By Food Politics

Danielle Dreilinger. The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live. WW Norton, 2021.
I was particularly interested in this book because I came to NYU in 1988 (with a doctorate in molecular biology, no less) to chair a department of home economics and nutrition. I was hired explicitly to get rid of home economics programs (25 of them, none with more than a few lingering students) to bring the department-now Nutrition and Food Studies-into the 20 th century. This book was a revelation about what I had gotten myself into...
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