2013 Women, Work, and Food Bibliography

Academic and General-Interest Books

Abarca, Meredith E. Voices in the Kitchen: Views of Food and the World from Working-Class Mexican and Mexican-American Women. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2006.

Arndt, Deborah ed. Women Working the NAFTA Food Chain: Women, Food & Globalization, Toronto: Second Story Press, 1999.

Arnold, Eleanor, Voices of American Homemakers, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993.

Avakian, Arlene Voski and Barbara Haber. From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies: Critical Perspectives on Women and Food, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2005.

Avakian, Arlene Voski. Through the Kitchen Window: Women Explore the Intimate Meaning of Food and Cooking, Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2005.

Bentley, Amy. Eating for Victory: Food Rationing and the Politics of Domesticity, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998.

Bower, Anne. Recipes For Reading: Community Cookbooks, Stories, Histories, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.

Druckman, Charlotte. Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2012.

Dunaway, Wilma. Women, Work, and Family in the Antebellum Mountain South. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Elias, Megan, Stir It Up: Home Economics in American Culture, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.

Engelhardt, Elizabeth. A Mess of Greens: Southern Gender, Southern Food, Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011.

Ferris, Marcie. Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South, Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Haber, Barbara. From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of America’s Cooks and Meals, New York: Free Press, 2002.

Harper, A. Breeze, Sistah Vegan: Black Females Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society, Brooklyn: Lantern Books, 2010.

Harris, Jessica B. High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2011.

Hunter, Tera, To Joy My Freedom: Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War, Boston: Harvard University Press, 1998.

Inness, Sherrie. Secret Ingredients: Race, Gender and Class at the Dinner Table, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Jones, Lu Ann. Mama Learned Us to Work: Farm Women in the New South, Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

Manring, Maurice M. Slave in A Box: The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1998.

Mendelson, Anne. Stand Facing the Stove: The Story of the Women Who Gave America the Joy of Cooking, New York : H. Holt, 1996.

Schenone, Laura. A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove: A History of Women Told Through Food, Recipes and Remembrances, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2004.

Sharpless, Rebecca. Cooking in Other Women’s Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South, 1865-1960, Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Silva, Nikki and Davia Nelson. Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes and More from NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters, Emmaus: RODALE, 2005.

Taylor, Candacy. Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress, Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Theophano, Janet. Eat My Words: Reading Women’s Lives Through the Cookbooks They Wrote, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Van Wormer, Katherine, David W. Jackson III and Charletta Suduth. The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012.

Walker, Melissa. All We Knew Was to Farm: Rural Women in the Upcountry South, 1919-1941. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2000.

Walker, Melissa, and Sharpless, Rebecca, eds. Work, Family, and Faith: Rural Southern Women in the  Twentieth Century. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006.

Wallace-Sanders, Kimberly. Mammy: A Century of Race, Gender, and Southern Memory, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009.

Williams-Forson, Psyche. Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.


Dull, Henrietta, Southern Cooking, Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2006.

Fisher, Abby, What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking: The First African American Cookbook from 1881, Carlisle: Applewood Book, 1995.

Huguenin, Mary Vereen and Anne Montague Stoney eds. Charleston Receipts Collected by the Junior League of Charleston, Charleston: Walker Evans & Cogeswell Co, 1950.

Lewis, Edna. The Taste of Country Cooking, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976.

National Council of Negro Women, The Historical Cookbook of the American Negro: The Classic Year-Round Celebration of Black Heritage from Emancipation Proclamation Breakfast Cake to Wandering Pilgrim’s Stew, Boston: Beacon Press, 2000.

Randolph, Mary. The Virginia House-Wife. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1984.

Sherrod, Katie, ed. Grace & Gumption: The Cookbook, Fort Worth: TCU Press, 2010.

Smart-Grosvenor, Vertamae, Vibration Cooking: Or, the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl, Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2011.


Kingsolver, Barbara, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, New York: HarperCollins, 1997.

Severson, Kim, Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, New York: Riverhead Hardcover, 2010.

FILMS (by the SFA unless otherwise noted)

“Above the Line: Saving Willie Mae’s Scotch House” (http://vimeo.com/2170705#at=0)

“Dori” (http://vimeo.com/31438615#)

“Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie” (a documentary about Edna Lewis by bbarash productions, LLC) (http://www.bbarash.com/film/list.html)

“Helen’s Bar-B-Que” (http://vimeo.com/51935378)

“Rolling Tamales on MLK” (http://vimeo.com/6575992#at=0)