The first book that puts the hearth of the American homeits many unique challenges and innovationsin its proper place in contemporary history. Thomas Jefferson once wrote that if you really want to understand the workings of a society, you have to "look into their pots" and "eat their bread." Steven Gdula gives us a view of American culture from the most popular room in the house: the kitchen. Examining the relationship between trends and innovations in the kitchen and the cultural attitudes beyond its four walls, Gdula creates a lively portrait of the last hundred years of American domestic life.The Warmest Room in the Houseexplores food trends and technology, kitchen design, appliances and furniture, china and flatware, cookery bookery, food lit, and much more. Gdula traces the evolution of the kitchen from the back room where the work of the home happened to its place at the center of family life and entertainment today. Filled with fun facts about food trends, from Hamburger Helper toThe Moosewood Cookbook, and food personalities, from Julia Child to Rachael Ray,The Warmest Room in the Houseis the perfect addition to any well-rounded kitchen larder.Gdula, Steven is the author of 'Warmest Room in the House How the Kitchen Became the Heart of the American Home, 1584 to the Present', published 2007 under ISBN 9781582343556 and ISBN 1582343551.