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Title:
A bite off Mama's plate : mothers' and daughters' connections through food
Author:
Meyers, Miriam, 1941-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Bergin & Garvey, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
x, 194 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
1. "Thinking back through our mothers" : introduction -- 2. "A subject of the greatest importance" : food and the family -- 3. "The best thing" : communication about and through food -- 4. "Secrets of life" : food-related learning -- 5. "As if nutrition were enough" : food for the circumstances of life -- 6. "The presence of many women" : food as a way of ensuring continuity across generations fo women -- 7. "What life requires" : messages about life through food -- 8. "Strength for the journey" : what we take from our mothers.
ISBN:
9780897897884
Format :
Book

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Summary

Miriam Meyers celebrates the positive role that food plays in the mother-daughter relationship. Despite their increasing freedom to pursue other roles in society, women still retain primary responsibility for food-related tasks in the home. With that responsibility comes considerable work, but it also affords women in families a special opportunity for companionship, communication, learning, and inspiration. To illuminate the ways women use this role to connect with their daughters, Meyers combines original research, encompassing focus groups, interviews, and a national survey, with a personal memoir and a wide range of other sources. She shows, in women's own voices, how food offers, more than just nourishment for the body, something for the mind, heart, and soul.

Browse through the list of books that come out each year on women and food. The vast majority treat food as the enemy of women everywhere, either by pitching (or criticizing) the latest diet fad or by focusing on such problems as eating disorders, and parents' implication in them. Taking a different path, Miriam Meyers celebrates the positive role that food plays in women's lives, and in the relationship between mother and daughter.

Despite the changes wrought by modern technology, the provision of food remains necessary to sustain physical, social, religious, and familial life. The idealized homemaker of the 1950s, working ceaselessly to achieve the perfectly clean home and perfectly arranged food, has all but disappeared from the American scene. While the ways we acquire and prepare our food has shifted, women still have primary responsibility for home food management, despite their increasing pursuit of other roles. With that responsibility comes considerable work, but it also affords women in families a special opportunity for companionship, communication, learning, and inspiration.

Beginning with a look at food's place in the greater family, A Bite Off Mama's Plate explores the connections mothers and daughters enjoy in the kitchen and beyond. To illuminate those links, Meyers combines original research, encompassing focus groups, interviews, and a national survey, with personal memoir and a wide range of other sources. She shows, in women's own voices, how food offers, more than just nourishment for the body, something for the mind, heart, and soul.


Author Notes

Miriam Meyers spent her childhood in Atlanta, Georgia, where her mother worked in the food service industry for four decades. Since completing degrees in English, French, and linguistics at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University and Georgetown University, Miriam has taught and worked as a writer, editor, and administrator. She is currently Professor of Literature and Language at Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, where she has specialized in language and gender for two decades. She lives in Minneapolis, where she gardens and watches birds when she is not writing and teaching


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
A Note to the Readerp. xi
1 "Thinking Back through Our Mothers": Introductionp. 1
2 "A Subject of the Greatest Importance": Food and the Familyp. 9
3 "The Best Thing": Communication about and through Foodp. 35
4 "Secrets of Life": Food-Related Learningp. 55
5 "As If Nutrition Were Enough": Food for the Circumstances of Lifep. 81
6 "The Presence of Many Women": Food as a Way of Ensuring Continuity across Generations of Womenp. 105
7 "What Life Requires": Messages about Life through Foodp. 125
8 "Strength for the Journey": What We Take from Our Mothersp. 145
Reference Notesp. 161
Referencesp. 179
Indexp. 189