Cooking in Other Women's Kitchens Domestic Workers in the South, 18651960 By Rebecca Sharpless University of North Carolina Press, 2010 304 pp. Cloth $35.00 Reviewed by Tanfer Emin Tunc, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of American Culture and Literature, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. In her recent work Cooking in Other Women's Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South, 18651960, Rebecca Sharpless provides an intriguing account of the personal and public lives of African American domestic workers from Reconstruction to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. She traces how cooking and the other household jobs that accompanied it, including light cleaning, childcare, and shopping, became the main source of income for many black women after emancipation, and how this domestic work shaped both the interracial climate of the South as well as southern foodways and culinary culture. As Sharpless delineates, Cooking in Other Women's Kitchens has three major foci: "to look at the way that African American women . . . used domestic work, particularly cooking, to bridge the old ways and the new, from slavery to employment of their own choosing"; "to discover how African American cooks successfully functioned within a world of extremely hard work, low wages, and
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Nov 14, 2013
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