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Author Theophano, Janet.

Title Eat my words : reading women's lives through the cookbooks they wrote / Janet Theophano.

Published New York : Palgrave, 2002.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail High Use  808.06641 THEO  TWO HOUR LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 362 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chapter 1 Cookbooks as Communities 11 -- Chapter 2 Cookbooks as Collective Memory and Identity 49 -- Chapter 3 Lineage and Legacies 85 -- Chapter 4 Cookbooks as Autobiography 117 -- Chapter 5 Cookbooks, Literacy, and Domesticity 155 -- Chapter 6 Becoming an Author: Cookbooks and Conduct 189 -- Chapter 7 Recipe and Household Literature as Social and Political Commentary 227.
Summary Most of us think cookbooks are just collections of recipes to feed the body. Janet Theophano shows that cookbooks provide food for the mind and soul as well. In this innovative culinary and cultural history, she explores two centuries of cookbooks and the women who wrote them -- from 18th-century handwritten "receipt books" and the first standardized guides to "domestic science" of the 19th century to bestsellers by Alice Waters, Madeline Kamman, Julia Child, and Lynn Rossetto Kasper. She ranges widely from A Date with a Dish, the African-American classic, to a 1950s, U.S.-Chinese cookbook featuring a recipe called "Bomb Japan." Here, a cookbook is a memoir, a diary, a record of life that not only reflects ideals of family and womanhood, but also gives voice to women to express and fulfil themselves.
Subject Food writing -- History.
Women food writers -- History.
ISBN 0312233787