Eat My Words

Reading Women's Lives Through the Cookbooks They Wrote

Paperback, 384 pages

English language

Published Sept. 1, 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan.

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Some people think that a cookbook is just a collection of recipes for dishes that feed the body. In Eat My Words: Reading Women's Lives through the Cookbooks They Wrote, Janet Theophano shows that cookbooks provide food for the mind and the soul as well. Looking beyond the ingredients and instructions, she shows how women have used cookbooks to assert their individuality, develop their minds, and structure their lives. Beginning in the seventeenth century and moving up through the present day, Theophano reads between the lines of recipes for dandelion wine, "Queen of Puddings," and half-pound cake to capture the stories and voices of these remarkable women.The selection of books looked at is enticing and wide-ranging. Theophano begins with seventeenth-century English estate housekeeping books that served as both cookbooks and reading primers so that women could educate themselves during long hours in the kitchen. She looks at A Date with …

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  • Sociology Of Women
  • Cookery
  • Social Science
  • Cooking / Wine
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies - General
  • Essays
  • History
  • History / General