American Studies

You Are What You Eat

Wed, February 15, 2006

Engelhardt first started paying attention to the richness of stories in food when she was doing research for her first book, "The Tangled Roots of Feminism, Environmentalism, and Appalachian Literature." She noticed again and again that food worked as a code in women's letters, diaries, novels and in newpaper columns, suggesting everything from education level to hygiene. Closer investigation showed that something as simple as the choice between cornbread and biscuits in the South can be filled with messages.

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