First patented in 1856, baking powder is the invented substance that is the basis of all white baked fluffy foods that we think of as staples today. Pancakes, muffins and all that yummy stuff would not exist without it. This book documents the story of baking powder, and it is full of intrigue, backstabbing, and excitement. The entire Senate of Missouri was bribed at one point, and dozens of women outright stole recipes from their slaves and claimed them as their own. The baking powder industry tried to get their competitors product banned, and the biased media helped them along the way. This glimpse into America’s absurd history entertained me. From the publisher: Civitello shows how hundreds of companies sought market control, focusing on the big four of Rumford, Calumet, Clabber Girl, and the once-popular brand Royal. She also tells the war’s untold stories, from Royal’s claims that its competitors sold poison, to the Ku Klux Klan’s campaign against Clabber Girl and its German Catholic owners.
I read a DRC of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. You can read it on or around June 15, 2017.