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My Kitchen Wars
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher North Point Pr
Publication date October 1, 1999
Pages 238
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780865475779
ISBN-10 0865475776
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $23.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
A darkly comic memoir of the 'kitchen wars' traces one woman's struggles in the post-war period as she wages war on the Puritanism of her upbringing and the social strictures preventing her from a host of pleasures, both carnal and professional. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A veteran of the era's domestic battles takes no prisoners in a fierce and funny memoir.

My Kitchen Wars is a war story, but the warrior is a woman, and the battleground is the kitchen. Her weapons-the batterie de cuisine of grills and squeezers and knives-evoke a lifelong need to make dinner, love, and war. With these implements, Betty Fussell pries open the past, giving voice to a generation of women whose stories were shaped but also silenced by an era of global conflict, from World War II to Vietnam. This is also a love story, as Fussell is liberated from the tyrannical puritanism of her family by a veteran of the "Good War," a young writer named Paul Fussell. But in the role of bride, Fussell finds herself captive as faculty wife and mother. She hungers for both a life of the mind and carnal pleasures. Her inner war to unite body and intellect brings down the marriage, in a denouement as brutal as the whack of a cleaver. Yet Fussell, however bloodied, emerges to cook another dinner and to tell this blackly comic tale.

Betty Fussell is the author of nine books, including The Story of Corn (NPP, 1999). A contributor to publications ranging from The New York Times to the Journal of Gastronomy, she has lectured widely on food history. She lives in New York City.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780786226979 Book cover for 9780865475779
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (August 1, 2000)
9780786226979 | details & prices | 352 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $26.95
About: My Kitchen Wars is a war story-but the warrior is a woman, the battleground is the kitchen, and the weapons are the batterie de cuisine with which Betty Fussell evokes her era's domestic battles.
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from North Point Pr (October 1, 1999)
9780865475779 | details & prices | 238 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $23.00
About: A darkly comic memoir of the 'kitchen wars' traces one woman's struggles in the post-war period as she wages war on the Puritanism of her upbringing and the social strictures preventing her from a host of pleasures, both carnal and professional
Paperback
Book cover for 9780865476035
 
Reprint edition from North Point Pr (October 1, 2000)
9780865476035 | details & prices | 5.50 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $13.00
About: A darkly comic memoir of the 'kitchen wars' traces one woman's struggles in the post-war period as she wages war on the Puritanism of her upbringing and the social strictures preventing her from a host of pleasures, both carnal and professional.

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