Consumption and the Literary Cookbook offers readers the first book-length study of literary cookbooks. Imagining the genre more broadly to include narratives laden with recipes, cookbooks based on cultural productions including films, plays, and television series, and cookbooks that reflected and/or shaped cultural and historical narratives, the contributors draw on the tools of literary and cultural studies to closely read a diverse corpus of cookbooks. By focusing on themes of consumption—gastronomical and rhetorical—the sixteen chapters utilize the recipes and the narratives surrounding them as lenses to study identity, society, history, and culture. The chapters in this book reflect the current popularity of foodie culture as they offer entertaining analyses of cookbooks, the stories they tell, and the stories told about them.
Table of Contents
Roxanne Harde and Janet Wesselius
Part I: Textual Consumption
- Curiosity and Consumption in Alice Eats: A Wonderland Cookbook and The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook
- Nadiya Hussain’s Bake Me a Story, Children’s Cookbooks, and British Islam
- "Recipes for living": Meals, Memories, and Stories in Pat Mora’s House of Houses
- "Sometimes it is better to crave": Asian American Fusion Cuisine, the Politics of Substitutions, and the Taste of Diasporic Loneliness
- Consuming the Past: Food Metaphors in the Intergenerational Food Memoir
- Repackaging Modernism: Genre, Aesthetics, and Community in The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book
- Julia Child and the "Servantless American Cook"
- Consuming Poppy Cannon
- Dishwater Hands across the Pantry: Ideological Resistance in the I Hate to Cook Book
- The Labor of Love: Changes in Consumption Practices in Late Twentieth-Century Calcutta
- Waitress: Creating and Consuming Inspiration
- Taste in Question: Recipes and Subjectivity in Martha Stewart Living, goop, and the Early Printed Cookbooks of Hannah Glasse and Ann Cook
- Nineteenth-Century Manuscript Cookbooks and Memoirs of Taste
- "Roots and Seeds": Reclaiming Regional Identity through Food in Ronni Lundy’s Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes
- "A lifetime spent in the pursuit of good flavor": Edna Lewis’s Cookbooks
- "Looking for whatever bowl of soup … might restore us": Consumption and Nostalgia in Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans
Brita M. Thielen
Part II: Consumption and Community
Ben Lee Taylor
Caroline B. Barta
Part III: Cultural Consumption
Roxanne Harde is Professor of English at the University of Alberta's Augustana Faculty, where she also serves as Associate Dean, Research. A Fulbright Scholar, Roxanne researches and teaches American literature and culture, focusing on children’s literature and popular culture. Her most recent book is The Embodied Child, co-edited with Lydia Kokkola (Routledge, 2017).
Janet Wesselius is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta. In addition to her work in feminist epistemology, she has published on philosophy and children’s literature, American Pragmatism and Pollyanna, and Descartes and Anne of Green Gables.