The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.0 X 1.5 X 9.4 inches | 1.65 pounds
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About the Author

Sandra M. Gilbert is a distinguished literary critic and poet. Together with Susan Gubar, she was awarded the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBCC. She lives in Berkeley, California.


A rich, powerful, important delight of a book to mull over both for its splendid insights but also to use for years to come as a guidebook into the most important writing about food both now and in the past.--Louise DeSalvo
Feminist scholar and poet Sandra M. Gilberi dishes with gusto on our romance with food.--Lisa Shea
A lovely blend of the personal, the artistic and the political.--Erica Wagner
It is hard to imagine how Sandra Gilbert could have produced so broad an overview of contemporary food writing and thought, not only literary analysis but also history, memoir ("foodoir!"), and bibliography. Anyone wanting an introduction to the meaning of food culture should start here.--Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University, and author of Eat Drink Vote
A rich and tasty dish of cultural history, gastronomical ethnology, literary criticism, and memoir...flavored with Gilbert's characteristic blend of erudition and humor, warmth and wisdom. I learned something from every delicious page.--Elaine Showalter
Sandra M. Gilbert brings her legendary powers of discernment and analytical gusto to the urgent subject of food, and the results--lushly entertaining, salty with anecdote and wisdom--have lyrical savor and a tenderly autobiographical richness.--Wayne Koestenbaum
[Gilbert's] evocative prose and shrewd analyses make for an intellectual feast.
There is something puzzling about our obsession with imaginary food, as Gilbert's book fascinatingly explores.--Be Wilson
An ambitious undertaking... [Gilbert's] book is packed with literary references, from Plato to Emily Dickinson and Margaret Atwood. The best bits, though, are her memories of growing up in 1960s New York in an Italian-Russian immigrant family.
A banquet of ideas... deliciously, deeply satisfying.--Kate Tuttle
A testament to [Gilbert's] wide-ranging curiosity and enthusiasm for her subject.--Joanna Scutts
The Culinary Imagination is a meticulously researched and wonderfully written examination of how food is at the heart of our cultural identity. From Shakespeare to Pablo Neruda to Gertrude Stein, Andy Warhol to Wayne Thiebaud, Gilbert skillfully follows the thread of gastronomy through history, art, literature, and pop culture with a scholar and poet's eye for detail and meaning.--Alice Waters