The Food Section

The Food Section

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Food blogs are everywhere today but for generations, information and opinions about food were found in the food sections of newspapers in communities large and small. Until the early 1970s, these sections were housed in the womena€™s pages of newspapersa€”where women could hold an authoritative voice. The food editorsa€”often a mix of trained journalist and home economista€”reported on everything from nutrition news to features on the new chef in town. They wrote recipes and solicited ideas from readers. The sections reflected the trends of the time and the cooks of the community. The editors were local celebrities, judging cooking contests and getting calls at home about how to prepare a Thanksgiving turkey. They were consumer advocates and reporters for food safety and nutrition. They helped make James Beard and Julia Child household names as the editors wrote about their television appearances and reviewed their cookbooks. These food editors laid the foundation for the food community that Nora Ephron described in her classic 1968 essay, a€œThe Food Establishment, a€ and eventually led to the food communities of today. Included in the chapters are profiles of such food editors as Jane Nickerson, Jeanne Voltz, and Ruth Ellen Church, who were unheralded pioneers in the field, as well as Cecily Brownstone, Poppy Cannon, and Clementine Paddleford, who are well known today; an analysis of their work demonstrates changes in the countrya€™s culinary history. The book concludes with a look at how the womena€™s pages folded at the same time that home economics saw its field transformed and with thoughts about the foundation that these women laid for the food journalism of today.CHANGES IN FOOD: FEMINISM AND THE DEMISE OF HOME COOKING Some critics have blamed feminism for the lack ... in a 2009 essay in the New York Times that one of the reasons women do not cook is because women went to work.


Title:The Food Section
Author: Kimberly Wilmot Voss
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2014-04-24
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