Baking Powder Wars

Baking Powder Wars

Constant Wonder

The Secret History of Home Economics

Episode: The Secret History of Home Economics

  • Jun 3, 2021 7:00 pm
  • 5:51 mins

In the late 1800s, baking powder became the preferred leavener over yeast for its convenience. By the end of 19th century, there were 534 baking powder companies in the United States, and they were at war. Advertising, fake news, and bribery over baking soda went on for nearly 50 years in the United States. Guest: Linda Civitello, food historian and author of "Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight That Revolutionized Cooking"