From Famous Critic to Faceless Brand: The Life and Legacy of Duncan Hines
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Damon Talbott examines the legacy of Duncan Hines from his career as a famous restaurant critic to the founding of the line of cake mixes that bear his name.
Through the shifting roles of Hines, Talbott explains how taste is neither an object to acquire nor a state of being to achieve, but instead an ongoing process, a temporary association of things considered “good.”
Talbott is the Sias Graduate Fellow at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. He is the author of “Recommended by Duncan Hines”: Automobility, Authority and American Gastronomy.