Recommended reading: Books, essays on women and food

When I first thought about starting the Feminist Kitchen this spring, I wanted to know what else had been written about women and food. I found a few books at the Austin library and several really good essays online. Here’s my first go at a list of recommended reading, which I’ll add to and move over to a permanent position on the sidebar.

I almost put the Carol Adams’ “The Sexual Politics of Meat” and “Women Food and God” by Geneen Roth up there, but I haven’t read them and can’t say that I necessarily agree with their arguments (specifically the logic behind Adam’s don’t-eat-meat book).

What other books or dissertation-like essays would you recommend?

5 responses to “Recommended reading: Books, essays on women and food

  1. Thank you for this list, Addie. I’m currently reading “Women Food and God.” It borders on being a self-help book, but is well written and has some interesting ideas about the emotions connecting us to food.
    I started Adams’ “The Pornography of Meat” a few years ago. I couldn’t get through that one. I’m vegetarian, but I found her message way too extreme.
    I haven’t read it yet, but “Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life” by Kim Severson is on my women/food book list.

  2. Saved these recommendations to my wishlist!

    I really liked Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s discussions of gender and culture in White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf (

    Sorry for the shameless self-promotion, but I write about food and feminism on my blog, too. The gender category is here:

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