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.
- “Through the Kitchen Window: Women Writers Explore the Intimate Meanings of Food and Cooking” a compilation of essays from women writers edited by Arlene Voski Avakian
- “Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?: American Women and the Kitchen in the Twentieth Century,” a historical look at women in the kitchen during the past 100 years by Mary Drake McFeely
- “From Betty Crocker To Feminist Food Studies: Critical Perspectives on Women & Food,” a collection of essays from feminist scholars edited by Arlene Voski Avakian and Barbara Haber. (This book is also available free, in its entirety, online via scribd.)
- “Food: My Feminist Issue” a dissertation by Marie Drews
- “Food Puritanism and Food Pornography: The Gourmet Semiotics of Martha and Nigella” by Richard M. Magee
- “Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine,” essays edited by Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler
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?