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Women in God's Kitchen

Cooking, Eating and Spiritual Writings

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The Women in God's Kitchen: Cooking, Eating and Spiritual Writings by Cristina Mazzoni
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Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once noted that 'nunneries in the old days were veritable storehouses of the most delectable tidbits.' Perhaps that is why the much-maligned Lucrezia Borgia is said to have truly felt at home only in the company of pious cloistered nuns. Cristina Mazzoni savours the food writings and images of a broad spectrum of Catholic saints and holy women. A native of Italy and a splendid cook herself, Mazzoni accords due attention to her fellow countrywomen, as well she should given the importance of Italian cookery (Catherine of Genoa, Angela of Foligno, Gemma Galgani), but includes numerous other holy women and their cuisines as well: Germany and the Low Countries (Hildegard and Hadewijch, Elisabeth of Schonau), France (Margaret Mary Alacoque, Therese of Lisieux), Spain (Teresa of Avila), colonial South America (Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz), England (Margery Kemp), and the first person in the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church, Elisabeth Ann Seton. One of the most touching scenes in the book has Mrs. Seton feeding her dying husband in a lazaretto near Livorno. Because of his deteriorating health, she had taken him and their oldest child to Italy for its sunny, salubrious climate. But a yellow fever epidemic in New York caused them to be quarantined in a cold, damp, smoky building. He died a few days after their month-long quarantine. Included in the book (for how could it not be?) is a wonderful meditation on that sweet and sour Scandinavian Lutheran movie celebrating the joys of French Catholic cuisine: Babette's Feast.

Table of Contents

1. Wonder Dough and Miracle Bread: Catherine of Genoa and the Desert Mothers; 2. From Milk to Cheese and Other Female Metamorphoses (Hildegard and Hadewijch); 3. Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice (Elisabeth of Schonau and "Babette's Feast"); 4. Forbidden Fruit and Juicy Apples (Margaret Ebner). 5. Nun's Celibacy and Convent Delicacies (Saint Agatha's mamaries); 6. Flour, Wine, and Lettuce (Angela of Foligno); 7. Ale and Wine, Stockfish and Stew (Margery Kemp); 8. Among God's Pots and Pans (Teresa of Avila); 9. Philosophies of the Kitchen (Margaret Mary Alocoque, Sor Juana de la Cruz, Cecilia Ferrazzi); 10. Syrup and Jellies, Samp and Fat Pork (Elizabeth Ann Seaton); 11. Dangerous Foods and Divine Treats (Gemma Galgani); 12. Cakes, Salad, and Baby Food (Therese of Lisieux).

Author Biography

Cristina Mazzoni is associate professor in the Dept. of Romance Languages at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Saint Hysteria: Neurosis, Mysticism, and Gender in European Culture, Angela of Foligno's Memorial, Maternal Impressions: Pregnancy and Childbirth in Literature, and Theory, and, with Rudolph Bell, The Voices of Gemma Galgani: The Life and Afterlife of a Modern Saint.
Release date NZ
December 1st, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Pages
208
Dimensions
138x216x22
ISBN-13
9780826417602
Product ID
1642370

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