Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal

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New York University Press
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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author
Melissa A. Goldthwaite (Editor) Melissa A. Goldthwaite is Professor of English at Saint Joseph's University. She is the author, editor, or co-editor of many books, including Food, Feminisms, Rhetorics, Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal, The Norton Pocket Book of Writing by Students, The St. Martin's Guide to Teaching Writing, and The Norton Reader. Jennifer Cognard-Black (Editor) Jennifer Cognard-Black is Professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is the author and co-editor of several books, including Books that Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal. She has published her essays and short fiction in numerous journals, including Story, Versal, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and she has two lecture series with The Great Courses as well as an Audible Original, "Books that Cook: Food & Fiction." Marion Nestle (Foreword by) Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, emerita, at New York University. She is the author of three prize-winning books, including Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, What to Eat, and most recently, Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics. She blogs almost daily at
"Books ThatCookoffers a delicious collection of contemporary American writing that treats the human condition in relation to food, eating, and cooking. Food serves as a powerful hook into conversations about class, ethnicity, gender, politics, and aesthetics; this collections juxtaposition of cookbook and story, poem, or essay makes that conversation possible."--Scott Miller, Director, Sonoma State Writing Center
"Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa A. Goldthwaite have compiled a fabulous collection to satisfy even the hungriest of literature lovers. . . . Because it is a mixture of new and old treasures, you will feel like you've just finished a meal andprovided impeccable table service. It's that good."-- "San Francisco Book Review"
"I hadn't considered that cookbooks are a form of literature before, but I'm sure thinking about it now. It explains why I hate to cook but I love reading cookbooks...It's a lovely book for any foodie or for anyone with an interest in how we write and talk about food."-- "Smart Bitches, Trashy Books"
"Books that Cook, an ingenious collection of food-themed American writing, is organized like a meal, from starters to dessert.No matter what your food or reading preferences are, youll find something delectable inBooks that Cook."-- "Southern Maryland Magazine"
"An observation made by Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor in Books that Cook explains the broad appeal of this enjoyable collection of contemporary American writing about food: 'Everybody eats!' As the anthology also shows, however, cooking and eating are shaped by society, culture and individual needs more than by simple nutrition."-- "TLS"
"The volume includes poems, stories, and essays, along with recipes, and some of each are original. There are beloved bits, too, from Laurie Colwins classic piece on three repulsive meals to Maya Angelous caramel cake. The perfect gift for your summer hostess who loves to read, cook, and consider."-- ""
"Books That Cookreveals how food is fundamental in marking distinctions of power, gender, race, and sexuality within literature, history, and the contemporary moment.Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa A. Goldthwaite offer a smorgasbord of recipes to tempt our palates as well as our minds, engage our senses and our kitchen cookery. You will not be able to put down this delicious addition to the field of food studies."--Psyche Williams-Forson, University of Maryland, College Park
"Readable and entertaining. . . . The editor's skill at serving up mouth-watering selections is repeatedly demonstrated throughout the text. . . . From their enthusiastic flour-to-elbows perspective, Books that Cookis more than simply another anthology, it's a living text to be taken into the kitchen and spattered with sauces and gravy."-- "VQR"
"Books that Cookis a savory concoction of prose, poetics, and recipes that narrate U.S. history and memory through the optic of the cookbook since the eighteenth century.Because food anchors our humanity in the ways that it is consumed, circulated, produced and represented, Books that Cookis a delicious, accessible, and versatile contribution to the growing field of food studies, particularly as it relates to issues of history, memory, and identity."-- "American Studies"
"Because food anchors our humanity in the ways that it is consumed, circulated, produced and represented, Books that Cook is a delicious, accessible, and versatile contribution to the growing field of food studies, particularly as it relates to issues of history, memory, and identity."-- "Blog of the American Studies Journal"
"This delightful collection of prose, poetry, and essays, all introduced by excerpts from important, American cookbooks dating back to the 1700s, explores the way food reflects and creates culture. An important addition to the study of gastronomy, it features the work of such contemporary authors as Maya Angelou, Nora Ephron, and Alice Waters, and is organized like a cookbook with each section including at least one delectable recipe."-- "Ms. Magazine"
"The perfect book to accompany a meal, this anthology also contains recipes ideal for literary discussions. The editors, both professors of English and writing, have sifted contemporary American literature for poems, essays, and fiction in which food plays a prominent role. The pieces theyve gathered use dishes as touchstones for exploring culture, ethnicity, and more."-- "Politics and Prose"
"Books that Cookoffers lively, varied reading . . . this is a collection well worth the devoted food reader's time."-- "PopMatters"
"A buffet of poems, stories, essays and recipes. . . . Food lovers and cookbook collectors will savor this literary stew."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"This book is a collection of stories, memories, literature, and poetry of food and cooking. With various writers and chefs sharing their experiences with and thoughts on food, this book takes the reader into the world of food literature and food sociology. . . . The work is one a reader could happily read cover to cover, or, as with a good meal, savor one piece at a time. . . . This book will delight foodies, food historians, anthropologists, cookbook enthusiasts, and any literature fans who like to eat."-- "Library Journal"