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

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These days any woman knows that the sensual pleasures of food and cooking are all too often obscured by the increasing demands of careers, families, battles over body image, and the desire for a life outside the "traditional" domain of the kitchen. Through the Kitchen Window offers a fresh look at food and cooking, arguing that 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, ...

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Overview

These days any woman knows that the sensual pleasures of food and cooking are all too often obscured by the increasing demands of careers, families, battles over body image, and the desire for a life outside the "traditional" domain of the kitchen. Through the Kitchen Window offers a fresh look at food and cooking, arguing that 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, this book reveals everything from the painful struggles 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845203269
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/5/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 593,390
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Arlene Avakain is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Table of Contents

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
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