If Julia Child had cooked Italian for a gay husband, used sugar to sweeten a sour childhood, and hosted buffets for a better world, she could have written Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen (IPPY Award for Memoir 2013)
Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen.
(Ippy Award for Memoir 2013)
In this food memoir, Judith Newton shares the unforgettable story of a life on the front lines of activism and in the kitchen. During a difficult childhood, food and cooking were sources of comfort and emotional sustenance. And in the decades to come, through her marriage to a gay man, her discovery of feminism, her life in a commune, and her career as an academic, she used food to sustain personal and political relationships, mourn losses, and celebrate victories. As she earned her activist stripes in the 1960s and beyond, she also learned how food could ease tension, foster community, and build cross-racial ties.
Organized by decade and by the cookbooks that shaped the author’s life, Tasting Home takes readers on a journey through the cuisines, cultural spirit, and politics of the 1940s through the 2000s. Seasoned with scenes of cooking and dining, it brings readers to the table, inviting them to feel how deeply food is tied to identity, love, community, and political engagement.
Read essays based on the memoir at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judith-newton/ “A Valentine For My Gay Ex-Husband,” February 7, 2013; “Reclaiming the Kitchen: Women’s History Month Meets the Food Justice Movement,” March 4, 2013;”How I Said Goodbye to a Difficult Mother,” May 10, 2013.