In today’s episode, Cathy speaks with Allie Rowbottom, the author of the harrowing memoir, Jell-O Girls: A Family History. As an heir to the Jell-O fortune, Allie writes about her family’s unique story as well as the cultural history of an iconic American product, and how it has shaped the lives of women in her family as well as America as a whole. Allie tells us about the history of Jell-O, from an elite European dessert to a democratizing, inexpensive product sold to American housewives and children. And she tells us why she thought it was important to take up the job that her mother began in telling her family’s story.

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