Through the Kitchen Window: Women Writers Explore the Intimate Meaning of Food and Cooking

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With recipes from many, and contributions by Dorothy Allison, Maya Angelou, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, and Marge Piercy, among others, Through the Kitchen Window offers a fresh and delicious look at food and cooking as more than the makings of a meal. For the writers in this provocative collection, food is a cultural declaration, an expression of hidden hungers, a symbol of our intimate connections to one another. Including memories of Latina, Geechee, Chinese, and Indian kitchens, Through the Kitchen Window reveals ...
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With recipes from many, and contributions by Dorothy Allison, Maya Angelou, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, and Marge Piercy, among others, Through the Kitchen Window offers a fresh and delicious look at food and cooking as more than the makings of a meal. For the writers in this provocative collection, food is a cultural declaration, an expression of hidden hungers, a symbol of our intimate connections to one another. Including memories of Latina, Geechee, Chinese, and Indian kitchens, Through the Kitchen Window reveals everything from the painful struggle to overcome an eating disorder to the tantalizing delights of cornbread and barbecue eaten from a lover's hands, and challenges assumptions about women, food, and the true satisfaction of cooking.
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In these writings, food and memories of its preparation within the family emerge as complicated scrolls, and several authors make persuasive cases for the study of food as a rich source of information about women's imposed roles and self-definition. For women, food matters, and whether the authors in Avakian's collection of new and reprinted essays, poems and stories embrace or shun their families' culinary traditions, the writing never fails to entice. Avakian, whose Armenian-American heritage is well-represented here, clearly strove to enlist writers of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, as well as a handful of well-known writers like Dorothy Allison, Maya Angelou, Marge Piercy, Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Gloria Wade-Gayles. The personal essays are especially compelling. Transplanted Southerners will recognize novelist Dorothy Allison's craving for fat back, an instance mirrored across cultures in Ketu H. Katrack's recollection of longingly sniffing a packet of garam masala in her Bryn Mawr dorm room when she first left her family in Bombay. Jennifer Ir discovered that many favorite foods from her native Trinidad were part of a cuisine shaped by slavery. Beheroze F. Shroff recalls her Indian grandmother's belief that if a menstruating woman touched a jar of gor keri pickles during preparation, they would be ruined. While not all the writing here is brilliant, the collection as a whole provides both an engrossing read and a wealth of shared knowledge, including recipes for many of the dishes discussed. (May)
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Contributors examine how food shapes women's lives and how, through food, they express anger, hope, history, and passion. Topics include debunking the myths about welfare moms and the reputed food stamp diet of bonbons and steak, the global possibilities of New York take-out, edible wild plants that sustained the Irish during the potato famine, the painful struggle to overcome an eating disorder, and the pleasures of buttery corn bread and barbecue eaten from a lover's hand. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807065082
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Recipes
Acknowledgments
Introduction, with letters from Ruth Hubbard 1
My Mother/Her Kitchen 13
Sand Plum Jelly 17
Rice Culture 19
A Beet Recipe 24
Zarouhe's Easter Gift 30
Gravy 40
Song of My Mother 42
Vermont Kitchen 47
The Sweet and Vinegary Taste 53
"Family Liked 1956": My Mother's Recipes 55
Follow the Food 65
Grandmother's Pickles: Creating a Space 75
Mother I Hardly Knew You 83
Hedge Nutrition, Hunger, and Irish Identity 89
"Laying on Hands" through Cooking: Black Women's Majesty and Mystery in Their Own Kitchens 95
My Grandmother's Hands 104
What's that smell in the kitchen? 111
The Cook, the Maid, and the Lady 112
What My Tongue Knows 117
But Really, There Are No Recipes... 134
Layers of Pleasure: Capirotada 148
The Parable of the Lamb 155
Fast, Free Delivery 162
On Becoming a Cuban Jewish Cook: A Memoir with Recipes 169
The Staff of Life 183
Home Cookin' 185
Greene 191
New Directions 203
Making Do with Food Stamp Dinners 206
Thoughts for Food 213
Boiled Chicken Feet and Hundred-Year-Old Eggs: Poor Chinese Feasting 217
Convalescence 226
Appetite Lost, Appetite Found 228
A Kitchen of One's Own 238
Getting Hungry 246
The Power of the Pepper: From Slave Food to Spirit Food 255
Hunger 260
Food and Belonging: At "Home" in "Alien-Kitchens" 263
A Lesbian Appetite 276
Kitchens 296
Sacred Food 299
Corn-Grinding Song 303
Credits 305
Contributors 307
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