- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
- Publication Date: 12/02/2013
- Category: Biography: business & industry
- ISBN: 9780767930307
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Review by konastories
Joy's reviews: Lots of very interesting factoids about Clarence Birdseye and inventions and inventors of that era. It somehow felt disjointed, though. I think it needed some major themes or something tying the whole thing together.It sometimes felt like Kurlansky had left-over research from "Cod" and "Salt" and figured this would be a good place to put it. So, interesting material, but not very well writteh.
Review by melydia
I picked this up on a whim; I had no idea Bob Birdseye was even a person. I've eaten Birdseye frozen vegetables as long as I can remember, but it was only through this book that I learned that Birdseye was basically the start of frozen foods as a preferred option. Previously, frozen foods were pretty much the bottom of the barrel - bad food prepared poorly which was then mushy and bland when reheated. To me, though, the most fascinating part was Birdseye's love for the outdoors, and the (to my modern eyes) foreign ways people lived in harsh climates all those years ago. And I admit I got a kick out of Birdseye's propensity for eating every creature he comes across. I don't know many people who would think "oh hey, the frozen food guy, let's read about his life," but I'm glad I gave it a shot.