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A tortilla is like life : food and culture in the San Luis valley of Colorado

Author: Carole Counihan
Publisher: Austin, Tex. : University of Texas Press ; Chesham : Combined Academic [distributor], 2011.
Series: Louann Atkins Temple women & culture series, bk. 21
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

An innovative portrait of a small Colorado town based on a decade's worth of food-centered life histories from nineteen of its female residents.


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carole Counihan
ISBN: 9780292723108 0292723105
OCLC Number: 1064335205
Description: 1 volume : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: PrefaceAcknowledgmentsChapter 1. "I Did Do Something": Food-Centered Life Histories in Antonito, ColoradoWhy AntonitoMethodology: Food-Centered Life Histories and TestimoniosHistory of AntonitoAntonito TodayStudy ParticipantsThe Ethnographic ProcessHelen Ruybal and Carole Counihan on EthnographyConclusionChapter 2. "The Stereotypes Have to Be Broken": Identity and Ethnicity in Antonito Antonito: An Insider/Outsider PerspectiveJanice DeHerrera on AntonitoLanguage and Education, Spanish and EnglishTeddy Madrid on Freedom of SpeechRamona Valdez on English and SpanishHelen Ruybal on Learning English and Being SmartTeddy Madrid on Learning English from the PresbyteriansEthnic, Gender, and Religious IdentityRamona Valdez on Ethnic TerminologyTeddy Madrid on the Connection with SpainDiscrimination and PrejudiceHelen Ruybal on DiscriminationTeddy Madrid on Multiple Identities and Axes of PrejudiceRamona Valdez on Religious and Anti-Hispanic PrejudiceBernadette Vigil on Chicano ConsciousnessTeddy Madrid on Identity, Terminology, and PrejudiceConclusionChapter 3. "Part of This World": Meanings of Land and WaterIntroductionHistory of Land: Acquisition and LossHelen Ruybal's Land Acquisition and SaleLand and Its MeaningsMonica Taylor's Dream of Land, Family, and PlaceMonica Taylor's Perceptions of the LandRamona Valdez on the Meanings of LandTeddy Madrid on Land, Home, and FamilyWater in the SouthwestThe Multiple Meanings and Uses of WaterTeddy Madrid on the Traditional Uses of WaterTeddy Madrid on Water as a CommodityJanice DeHerrera on Water as a CommodityMonica Taylor on Water as LifeConclusion: Land, Water, Place, and Chicano Cultural EcologyChapter 4. "Anything You Want Is Going to Come from the Earth": The Traditional Diet The Locally Produced Subsistence DietRamona Valdez's Food NarrativeMeat: Domesticated and Wild Animal FoodsHelen Ruybal on Raising Cattle and BeefTeddy Madrid on Fishing, Hunting, and Making JerkyCultivated Foods: Grains, Beans, Vegetables, and FruitsAsuncionita Mondragon on Her Grandparents' Garden in La IslaTeddy Madrid on Food Production in Las MesitasBernadette Vigil on Red and Green ChiliGathered Plant Foods and MedicinesHelen Ruybal on the Importance of Pinon in Her FamilyTeddy Madrid on Gathering Wild Foods in Las MesitasRamona Valdez on Healing HerbsConclusion: Food, Place, and CultureChapter 5. "We've Got to Provide for the Family": Women, Food, and WorkProduction, Reproduction, and GenderHelen Ruybal's Story of Courtship and MarriageGender Expectations and PracticesTeddy Madrid on Her Family's Flexible Gender Division of LaborMonica Taylor on the Strong Women in Her FamilyHelen Ruybal on Gender Relations and IdealsWomen and Food WorkTeddy Madrid on Food PreservationMonica Taylor on Gardening and Preserving FoodJanice DeHerrera on Food PreparationEarning Money with FoodHelen Ruybal on Making and Selling CheeseRamona Valdez on Working in the FieldsCelina Romero on Working as a Cook and Field HandAsuncionita Mondragon on Raising Poultry and Selling EggsBalancing Work and HomeTeddy Madrid's First PaycheckTeddy Madrid on Being a Working WomanJanice DeHerrera on Balancing Job and HomeConclusionChapter 6. "It's a Feeling Thing": Cooking and Women's AgencyCooking and AgencyTeddy Madrid's Cooking AdventuresTo Cook or Not to CookHelen Ruybal's and Her Sister's Different Approaches to CookingJanice DeHerrera's Cooking ExpectationsCooking, Self-Expression, and Emotional ConnectionJanice DeHerrera on Creativity and CookingJanice DeHerrera on Cooking as Emotional CommunicationCordi Ornelas's PaellaLearning and Teaching CookingJanice DeHerrera on Learning How to CookMonica Taylor on Learning to Cook and the Family Biscochito RecipeCooking and GenderTeddy Madrid on Cooking after MarriageHelen Ruybal on Her Husband CookingMonica Taylor on the Chili WarsConclusionChapter 7. "Meals Are Important, Maybe It's Love": Mexicano Meals and Family Family in AntonitoJanice DeHerrera on Family Ties versus Individual AmbitionTeddy Madrid on Her Father's Family ChargeMexicano Family MealsMartha Mondragon on Family Meals and TelevisionJanice DeHerrera on the Importance of the Family MealMeals and Gender RolesJanice DeHerrera on Restaurants, Her First Communion, and Family Gender PowerMeals, Socialization, and RespectJanice DeHerrera on Meals in Her Family of OriginMartha Mondragon on Grace before MealsTeddy Madrid on Family Meals, Respect, and SocializationAsuncionita Mondragon on Teaching Spanish at Family MealsConclusionChapter 8. "It Was a Give-and-Take": Sharing and Generosity versus Greed and Envy Cooperative Labor ExchangesCordi Ornelas on Work PartiesYolanda Salazar on Making and Selling TamalesSharing and GenerosityAsuncionita Mondragon on Sharing Food with NeighborsHelen Ruybal on Sharing Honey and MeatGreed and EnvyCarmen Lopez and Helen Ruybal on Sharing, Cuzco, and EnvidiaHelen Ruybal on EnvyEnvy and WitchcraftHelen Ruybal on Witchcraft, Curanderas, and EnvyConclusionChapter 9. "Come out of Your Grief": Death and CommensalityThe WakeCordi Ornelas on Foods at the WakeHelen Ruybal on Death, Velorios, and FuneralsFood Gifts for the BereavedJanice DeHerrera on Food and DeathMartha Mondragon on Death and Food SharingFarewell DinnersYolanda Salazar on Death, Community, and CommensalityHelen Ruybal on Farewell DinnersRending and Mending CommunityHelen Ruybal on Different Funeral TraditionsTeddy Madrid on Presbyterian Funeral FeastsJanice DeHerrera on the Meaning of Food at FuneralsConclusionChapter 10. "Give Because It Multiplies": Hunger and ResponsePoverty and Food InsecurityBernadette Vigil on Caring and HungerJanice DeHerrera on Traditions of Sharing FoodTraditional Foodways, Sharing, and Making DoTeddy Madrid on Hunger, Scarcity, and SharingJanice DeHerrera on Making Do with Beans, Tortillas, and PotatoesHunger in SchoolJanice DeHerrera on Hunger in the Elementary SchoolThe Antonito Food BankTeddy Madrid on Presbyterian Support of the Food BankJanice DeHerrera on Hunger, Conscience, and the Food BankConclusionChapter 11. Conclusion: "Our People Will Survive"The Fourth of July MealUnpacking the Fourth of July MealExplanations for the Antonito DietToward the FutureAppendix 1. Topics in Food-Centered Life HistoriesAppendix 2. Categories of AnalysisAppendix 3. Population of Antonito, Conejos County, and Colorado, 1880-2000Appendix 4. Wild Plants Used for Food or Healing in the Antonito AreaNotesGlossary of Spanish TermsBibliographyIndex
Series Title: Louann Atkins Temple women & culture series, bk. 21
Responsibility: Carole M. Counihan.


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