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Aesthetic pleasure in twentieth-century women's food writing : the innovative appetites of M.F.K. Fisher, Alice B. Toklas, and Elizabeth David

Author: Alice L McLean
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2012.
Series: Routledge studies in twentieth-century literature, 18.
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This book explores the aesthetic pleasures of eating and writing in the lives of M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967), and Elizabeth David (1913-1992). Growing up during a time when women's food writing was largely limited to the domestic cookbook, which helped to codify the guidelines of middle class domesticity, Fisher, Toklas, and David claimed the pleasures of gastronomy previously reserved for  Read more...
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McLean, Alice L.
Aesthetic pleasure in twentieth-century women's food writing.
New York : Routledge, 2012
(DLC) 2010050301
Named Person: M F K Fisher; Alice B Toklas; Elizabeth David; Elizabeth David; M F K Fisher; Alice B Toklas
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alice L McLean
ISBN: 9781136706875 1136706879 1283462753 9781283462754
OCLC Number: 785783210
Description: 1 online resource (x, 195 pages).
Contents: 1. Nineteenth-Century Food Writing: From Gastronomic Literature to Domestic Cookbook 2. Forging a Space for Female Desire: M.F.K. Fisher's The Gastronomical Me 3. A Queer Appetite: The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook 4. A Mediterranean Engagement: The Aesthetic Pleasures of Elizabeth David 5. Literary Heirs
Series Title: Routledge studies in twentieth-century literature, 18.
Other Titles: Aesthetic pleasure in 20th century women's food writing
Responsibility: Alice Lee McLean.

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This book explores the aesthetic pleasures of eating and writing in the lives of M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967), and Elizabeth David (1913-1992). Growing up during a time when women's food writing was largely limited to the domestic cookbook, which helped to codify the guidelines of middle class domesticity, Fisher, Toklas, and David claimed the pleasures of gastronomy previously reserved for men. Articulating a language through which female desire is artfully and publicly sated, Fisher, Toklas, and David expanded women's food writing beyond the domestic realm by pioneering forms of self-expression that celebrate female appetite for pleasure and for culinary adventure. In so doing, they illuminate the power of genre-bending food writing to transgress and reconfigure conventional gender ideologies. For these women, food encouraged a sensory engagement with their environment and a physical receptivity toward pleasure that engendered their creative aesthetic.

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"Recommended." -- C. Holt-Fortin, SUNY Oswego, Choice"McLean presses page-after-page the importance of dining, and so the literature about it...being so genuinely gastronomic makes the book a Read more...

 
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