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Jell-O: A Biography - The History and Mystery of America's Most Famous Dessert Paperback – October 31, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (October 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156011239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156011235
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Carolyn Wyman follows Spam: A Biography with JELL-O: A Biography to honor the shimmering staple now in its second century. Invented in 1897 by Pearle Wait, the processed food was ahead of its time and immediately worked its sweet way into the hearts and stomachs of America. In war and peace, sickness and health, Jell-O was there. Jack Benny and Bill Cosby were both spokesmen for the products and a cut-up Jell-O box figured in the conviction of spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Chock full of history, lore and ephemera as well as recipes for main courses and desserts, ideas for crafts, and just plain silly stuff, this one little volume delivers, just as "the dainty dessert" has always done.

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Review

PRAISE FOR SPAM: A BIOGRAPHY
"Syndicated newspaper columnist Carolyn Wyman's witty, extensively illustrated
overview playfully mixes Spam's history with examples of its use and abuse. . . .
Bottom line: Unexpectedly tasty dish."-People
"An affectionate tribute to the mushy, pink concoction of pork and ham that has
been slithering onto dinner tables around the world."-Los Angeles Times
"Wyman is the perfect biographer for Spam, never losing her ability
to write tongue-in-cheek."-San Francisco Examiner

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jell-O Fanatic on December 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
Filled with TONS of interesting (and hilarious) info about Jell-O. A real riot!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Jell-O blends a culinary history with a recipe book, following the story of jello's evolution as a famous desert and offering recipes for both main dishes and desserts. It lacks an index, so you'll have to read the book if you want the recipe for Spider cakes and other classics. Humor also blends in as chapters discuss the promotion of jell-o.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By andy8047 on June 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
After 107 years on the market,Jell-O gelatin continues to sell well in many parts of the world. Thirty thousand boxes are sold every nine seconds in the United States according to kraftfoods.com(the company that owns the trademark brand). This book is filled with various recipes involving Jell-O gelatin and pudding mix. In 1939,Jell-O pudding debuted in three flavors:vanilla,chocolate and butterscotch. Today,there are fifteen. The others are lemon,pistachio,french vanilla,banana cream,coconut cream,devil's food,chocolate fudge,white chocolate,cheesecake,chocolate cherry,chocolate mint and cookies and cream(white chocolate with bits of Nabisco Oreo cookies). The 18 gelatin flavors are cherry,strawberry,raspberry,orange,lemon,lime,cranberry,black cherry,berry blue,wild strawberry,mixed fruit,peach,apricot,island pineapple,grape,mango,strawberry banana and strawberry kiwi. Comedian Bill Cosby has endorsed the brand since 1974,starting with only the pudding. In 1987 he began endorsing the gelatin. Today he endorses every Jell-O item including the Smoothie Snacks(fruit and milk medleys) available in 3 flavors:peach mango,strawberry banana and mixed berry. The late Roy Rogers and the late Kate Smith previously endorsed the pudding and previous spokesmen for the gelatin include the late Jack Benny and Andy Griffith. Cosby,the longest-tenured spokesman,has done a multitude of commercials and print ads for the brand. Cosby said in a 1987 commercial for the gelatin,"You can't be a kid without it.". There are about 200 different Jell-O items on the market today. The gelatin inventor's wife came up with the name Jell-O. Today's Jell-O slogan is "because it's magic".
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