Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 March 2019

352 Pages | 12 black and white illustrations

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190663292

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Pressure Cooker

Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It

Sarah Bowen, Joslyn Brenton, and Sinikka Elliott

  • Challenges many cherished ideas held by food pundits and reformers, who champion growing your own food and cooking from scratch as a way to solve a host of problems
  • Argues that positioning family meals as solutions to many social problems places a disproportionate burden on individual families, and mothers in particular
  • Provides a richly detailed and accessible account of how a diverse group of mothers struggle to meet the ideal of a home-cooked meal
  • Draws on over 250 hours of fieldwork and interviews with more than 150 American families from across the class spectrum
  • Proposes collective solutions that move beyond the kitchen to address food inequalities

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