The Women in God's Kitchen: Cooking, Eating, and Spiritual Writing
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once noted that "nunneries in the old days were veritable storehouses of the most delectable tidbits." Perhaps that is why the much-maligned Lucrezia Borgia is said to have truly felt at home only in the company of pious cloistered nuns. In his landmark study, Holy Anorexia, Rudolph Bell focused his attention on holy women wh...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published October 14th 2005 by Bloomsbury Academic
(first published September 30th 2005)
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Is this a book about mystical theology and feminine spirituality or about cooking and eating food? Yes. Professor Cristina Mazzoni applies the tools of feminist literary criticism to many texts written by holy women -- many of them Catholic saints and a few heretics -- to extract layers of meaning and depths of insight. She imaginatively invokes Snow White in her discussion of the meanings of Eve's apple. This is an intellectual treatise, not a quick read, and it ought be read slowly to allow th...more