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The author of SPAM: A Biography is back again-This time with the definitive biography of an even bigger edible American icon: JELL-0! Who didn't grow up on JELL-O gelatin? Hospitals dished it out after your tonsils were removed and Mom always had a box stashed away in case of a dessert emergency. For more than one hundred years, Jell-O has reigned as "America's Most Famous D The author of SPAM: A Biography is back again-This time with the definitive biography of an even bigger edible American icon: JELL-0! Who didn't grow up on JELL-O gelatin? Hospitals dished it out after your tonsils were removed and Mom always had a box stashed away in case of a dessert emergency. For more than one hundred years, Jell-O has reigned as "America's Most Famous Dessert," selling more than one million packages a day and more than 500 million each year. But where and when and how did it all begin? No one is more qualified than junk food authority Carolyn Wyman to tell the whole amazing truth of this fruit flavored dessert. Complete with over two hundred photographs and illustrations, JELL-O: A Biography uncovers everything from the history of the product and its marketing and sales strategies through the year to off-the-wall recipes and alternative uses such as Jell-O shots and Jell-O wrestling. Jell-O is not just a food product, it is part of America's history and culture. Painstakingly researched and playfully presented, JELL-O: A Biography is the sweet story of the primordial slime's success and a fabulously entertaining read. After all, there's always room for Jell-O. AMAZING BUT TRUE: Little-known facts about America's Most Famous Dessert -- By the 1920s Jell-O was served as a good ol' American welcome treat to immigrants at Ellis Island. --Though Jell-O sponsored his radio show for years, according to his wife, Jack Benny "never ate the stuff." --Who does eat it? Residents of Salt Lake City and Des Moines are neck-and-neck in annual Jell-O consumption-a competition they take very seriously. --As a teenager, actor John Malkovich lost 70 pounds in 6 months on a Jell-O only diet. --In Cecil B. De Mille's 1923 production of The Ten Commandments, Moses's parted Red Sea was created by superimposing running actors onto footage of a quivering strawberry Jell-O mold. --A salad or a dessert? The great debate continues . . .


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The author of SPAM: A Biography is back again-This time with the definitive biography of an even bigger edible American icon: JELL-0! Who didn't grow up on JELL-O gelatin? Hospitals dished it out after your tonsils were removed and Mom always had a box stashed away in case of a dessert emergency. For more than one hundred years, Jell-O has reigned as "America's Most Famous D The author of SPAM: A Biography is back again-This time with the definitive biography of an even bigger edible American icon: JELL-0! Who didn't grow up on JELL-O gelatin? Hospitals dished it out after your tonsils were removed and Mom always had a box stashed away in case of a dessert emergency. For more than one hundred years, Jell-O has reigned as "America's Most Famous Dessert," selling more than one million packages a day and more than 500 million each year. But where and when and how did it all begin? No one is more qualified than junk food authority Carolyn Wyman to tell the whole amazing truth of this fruit flavored dessert. Complete with over two hundred photographs and illustrations, JELL-O: A Biography uncovers everything from the history of the product and its marketing and sales strategies through the year to off-the-wall recipes and alternative uses such as Jell-O shots and Jell-O wrestling. Jell-O is not just a food product, it is part of America's history and culture. Painstakingly researched and playfully presented, JELL-O: A Biography is the sweet story of the primordial slime's success and a fabulously entertaining read. After all, there's always room for Jell-O. AMAZING BUT TRUE: Little-known facts about America's Most Famous Dessert -- By the 1920s Jell-O was served as a good ol' American welcome treat to immigrants at Ellis Island. --Though Jell-O sponsored his radio show for years, according to his wife, Jack Benny "never ate the stuff." --Who does eat it? Residents of Salt Lake City and Des Moines are neck-and-neck in annual Jell-O consumption-a competition they take very seriously. --As a teenager, actor John Malkovich lost 70 pounds in 6 months on a Jell-O only diet. --In Cecil B. De Mille's 1923 production of The Ten Commandments, Moses's parted Red Sea was created by superimposing running actors onto footage of a quivering strawberry Jell-O mold. --A salad or a dessert? The great debate continues . . .

30 review for JELL-O: A Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Petra-X Off having adventures

    Kind of funny, kind of informative, kind of... boring.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kris Dersch

    Solid 3.5 stars...love all the sidebars and anecdotes and recipes...all the stuff you want from a book like this. Overall narrative is dated now (the Cosby stuff is cringeworthy) and doesn't always flow, but great book for dipping into if you're interested in the history of American food (for better or worse.) Makes me wish I owned a Jell-O mold. Solid 3.5 stars...love all the sidebars and anecdotes and recipes...all the stuff you want from a book like this. Overall narrative is dated now (the Cosby stuff is cringeworthy) and doesn't always flow, but great book for dipping into if you're interested in the history of American food (for better or worse.) Makes me wish I owned a Jell-O mold.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    A pretty thorough and entertaining history of jello with recipes and graphics.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This was for the most part an interesting book, though a bit cheesy in places. The fact it's 13 years old also meant it felt a bit dated. However, I did enjoy reading about the history of jello-o as a food, and as a successful business venture. My biggest gripe with the book is that there were no color photos... This was for the most part an interesting book, though a bit cheesy in places. The fact it's 13 years old also meant it felt a bit dated. However, I did enjoy reading about the history of jello-o as a food, and as a successful business venture. My biggest gripe with the book is that there were no color photos...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nichola

    Exactly what you would expect from this type of book. Explores the invention, development, marketing, social history of Jell-O. Profiles the Jell-O gallery in the inventor's hometown, showcases Jell-O art exhibits and science journals. Lots of Jell-O advertising shown, slogans from all times are documented. Well written, serious but light. Exactly what you would expect from this type of book. Explores the invention, development, marketing, social history of Jell-O. Profiles the Jell-O gallery in the inventor's hometown, showcases Jell-O art exhibits and science journals. Lots of Jell-O advertising shown, slogans from all times are documented. Well written, serious but light.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maddy

    This really is the best book on the subject, covering not just the history of the brand and product, but also the social impact of it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elliot Nichols

    I LOVE JELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Cute and full of pictures, recipes and information. Easily read by a casual food historian. More about Jell-O than you'd ever want to know. Good history of corporate promotions. Cute and full of pictures, recipes and information. Easily read by a casual food historian. More about Jell-O than you'd ever want to know. Good history of corporate promotions.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brianne Friend

    A unique and interesting read of a beloved food.

  10. 4 out of 5

    H.P. Holo

    A quick little read recommended for anyone with a free evening on their hands and the remotest interest in the cultural impact of Jell-O.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teleya

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  14. 5 out of 5

    Malik Hamilton

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alan Moss

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen B

  18. 5 out of 5

    Deb

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debra Byrd

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

  21. 4 out of 5

    Samantha salinas

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aja Johnson

  23. 4 out of 5

    Koren

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dwight

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arianna

  26. 5 out of 5

    Abyyba

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Mills

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diane Dunham

    Never knew there was so much information about Jell-O. Book is interesting, but some of the text is hard to read because of the background coloring.

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