Mirrors in the Kitchen

Fleites-Lear, Marisela
June 2012
Food, Culture & Society;Jun2012, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p241
Academic Journal
This paper examines the complex relationship between gender politics, food, cooking and the ideology of the Cuban revolution by analyzing the cooking section of the important women's magazine Mujeres, and three foundational cookbooks that established an inter-textual dialogue of omissions and additions, symbolizing both the transformations that occurred on the island with the revolution and the divisions brought about by the Cuban diaspora. At the center of the analysis are the writings of Nitza Villapol, the Cuban food guru that have continued to dominate Cuban cuisine on both sides of the strait of Florida. The paper therefore looks at different editions of her main cookbook, from both the island as well as Miami, as an instrument to understand on the one hand, elements in the redefinition of women within the revolution, and on the other the way in which cooking as a part of popular culture is fictionalized in response to ideological changes.


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