Cooking Lessons: The Politics of Gender and Food

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Sherrie A. Inness
Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Cooking - 203 pages
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Meatloaf, fried chicken, Jell-O, cake because foods are so very common, we rarely think about them much in depth. The authors of Cooking Lessons however, believe that food is deserving of our critical scrutiny and that such analysis yields many important lessons about American society and its values. This book explores the relationship between food and gender. Contributors draw from diverse sources, both contemporary and historical, and look at women from various cultural backgrounds, including Hispanic, traditional southern White, and African American. Each chapter focuses on a certain food, teasing out its cultural meanings and showing its effect on women's identity and lives. For example, food has often offered women a traditional way to gain power and influence in their households and larger communities. For women without access to other forms of creative expression, preparing a superior cake or batch of fried chicken was a traditional way to display their talent in an acceptable venue. On the other hand, foods and the stereotypes attached to them have also been used to keep women (and men, too) from different races, ethnicities, and social classes in their place."
 

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Contents

The Cup of Comfort
1
Honoring Helga The Little Lefse Maker Regional Food as Social Marker Tradition and Art
19
I Am an Act of Kneading Food and the Making of Chicana Identity
41
Taking the Cake Power Politics in Southern Life and Fiction
63
Is Meatloaf for Men? Gender and Meatloaf Recipes 19201960
87
Bananas Womens Food
111
Theres Always Room for Resistance JellO Gender and Social Class
129
Beating the Biscuits in Appalachia Race Class and Gender Politics of Women Baking Bread
151
Suckin the Chicken Bone Dry African American Women Fried Chicken and the Power of a National Narrative
169
Index
193
About the Contributors
201
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Sherrie A. Inness is associate professor of English at Miami University. She lives in Fairfield, Ohio. She is the editor of several books including Running for their Lives: Girls, Cultural Identity, and Stories of Survival and Delinquents and Debutantes: Twentieth Century American Girls' Cultures.

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