It seems that everyone today is fascinated by food. Literature and popular culture prove it. We face an ever-expanding pantry of culinary poems, memoirs, histories and travelogues, not to mention polemics debating the politics of the table, analysing the medical rights and wrongs of eating, and investigating the morality of the contemporary food chain. Visual artists have long focused on still lifes of food; now films and television programmes glamourise cooks, cooking and eating. In The Culinary Imagination, the revered scholar Sandra M. Gilbert traces our gastronomic ideas through myths and memoirs, novels, poems, television "soup operas", food blogs, paintings and films. The Culinary Imagination is a wide ranging, erudite survey of the ways in which our culture's artists have represented food in a range of genres.
About the Author
Sandra M. Gilbert, poet and scholar, is the co-author of The Madwoman in the Attic, among many other works, and a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle's Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.
"...The Culinary Imagination is a lovely blend of the personal, the artistic and the political." -- Financial Times "There are many tasty morsels in Ms Gilbert's book..." -- The Economist "...Sandra Gilbert's fast-footed, smartmouthed essays on the poetics, polemics and politics of food..." -- The Irish Times "There are insights peppered throughout this lovingly fashioned study, some delightful and pleasing, others serious and provocative." -- Times Higher Education "...an opulent all-you-can-think buffet..." -- Julian Baggani - The Observer