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Women in God's Kitchen

Cristina Mazzoni
Women in Gods Kitchen

Women in God's Kitchen

Cristina Mazzoni

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Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once noted that "nunneries in the old days were veritable store-houses 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 who survived on nothing but the eucharistic wafer. Cristina Mazzoni, taking the opposite tack, savors the food writings and images of a broad spectrum of Catholic saints and holy women. A native of Italy and a splendid cook herself, Mazzoni accords due attention to her fellow country-women, as well she should given the importance of Italian cookery (Catherine of Genoa, Angela of Foligno, Gemma Galgani), but includes numerous other holy women and their cuisines as well: Germany and the Low Countries (Hildegard and Hadewijch, Elisabeth of Schonau), France (Margaret Mary Alacoque, Therese of Lisieux), Spain (Teresa of Avila), colonial South America (Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz), England (Margery Kemp), and the first American-born Saint, Elisabeth Ann Seton. One of the most touching scenes in the book has Mrs. Seton feeding her dying husband in a lazaretto near Livorno. He died a few days after their month-long quarantine. Also included in the book (for how could it not be?) is a wonderful meditation on that sweet and sour Scandinavian Lutheran movie celebrating the joys of French Catholic cuisine: Babette's Feast.

- Publisher A native of Italy and a splendid cook herself, Mazzoni savors the food writings and images of a broad spectrum of Catholic saints and holy women, including Catherine of Genoa, Angela of Foligno, Gemma Galgani, and the first person in the United States to be canonized, Elisabeth Ann Seton.

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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 who survived on nothing but the eucharistic wafer. Cristina Mazzoni, taking the opposite tack, savors the food writings and images of a broad spectrum of Catholic saints and holy women. A native of Italy and a splendid cook herself, Mazzoni accords due attention to her fellow countrywomen, as well she should given the importance of Italian cookery (Catherine of Genoa, Angela of Foligno, Gemma Galgani), but includes numerous other holy women and their cuisines as well: Germany (Hildegard of Bingen, Elisabeth of Schönau, and Margaret Ebner), France (Margaret Mary Alacoque, Thérèse of Lisieux), Spain (Teresa of Avila), colonial South America (Sor Juana Inès de la Cruz), England (Margery Kempe), and even the United States (Elizabeth Ann Seton, who was the first person born in the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church). In her Introduction, Mazzoni invites the reader "to seek out and savor with me...the food concocted, dished out, bitten into, tasted, and swallowed in the writings of holy women: food that may be mundane, unexceptional, and commonplace, but food that may also be delicious, nutritious, indulgent, or healthful. Whether in the form of stockfish and stew or chocolate and jam, whether cooked as lasagna with greens or curdled into a fine or bitter cheese, this food-through metaphors and similes, through anecdotes and memories-leads to mystical connections, underlines the presence of meaning even, or especially, in the midst of seeming meaninglessness, and leads us to share in the pleasure of cooking, eating, and learning at a divine table in God's kitchen.">


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Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once noted that "nunneries in the old days were veritable store-houses 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 who survived on nothing but the eucharistic wafer. Cristina Mazzoni, taking the opposite tack, savors the food writings and images of a broad spectrum of Catholic saints and holy women. A native of Italy and a splendid cook herself, Mazzoni accords due attention to her fellow country-women, as well she should given the importance of Italian cookery (Catherine of Genoa, Angela of Foligno, Gemma Galgani), but includes numerous other holy women and their cuisines as well: Germany and the Low Countries (Hildegard and Hadewijch, Elisabeth of Schonau), France (Margaret Mary Alacoque, Therese of Lisieux), Spain (Teresa of Avila), colonial South America (Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz), England (Margery Kemp), and the first American-born Saint, Elisabeth Ann Seton. One of the most touching scenes in the book has Mrs. Seton feeding her dying husband in a lazaretto near Livorno. He died a few days after their month-long quarantine. Also included in the book (for how could it not be?) is a wonderful meditation on that sweet and sour Scandinavian Lutheran movie celebrating the joys of French Catholic cuisine: Babette's Feast.
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A native of Italy and a splendid cook herself, Mazzoni savors the food writings and images of a broad spectrum of Catholic saints and holy women, including Catherine of Genoa, Angela of Foligno, Gemma Galgani, and the first person in the United States to be canonized, Elisabeth Ann Seton.
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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 who survived on nothing but the eucharistic wafer. Cristina Mazzoni, taking the opposite tack, savors the food writings and images of a broad spectrum of Catholic saints and holy women. A native of Italy and a splendid cook herself, Mazzoni accords due attention to her fellow countrywomen, as well she should given the importance of Italian cookery (Catherine of Genoa, Angela of Foligno, Gemma Galgani), but includes numerous other holy women and their cuisines as well: Germany (Hildegard of Bingen, Elisabeth of Schönau, and Margaret Ebner), France (Margaret Mary Alacoque, Thérèse of Lisieux), Spain (Teresa of Avila), colonial South America (Sor Juana Inès de la Cruz), England (Margery Kempe), and even the United States (Elizabeth Ann Seton, who was the first person born in the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church). In her Introduction, Mazzoni invites the reader "to seek out and savor with me...the food concocted, dished out, bitten into, tasted, and swallowed in the writings of holy women: food that may be mundane, unexceptional, and commonplace, but food that may also be delicious, nutritious, indulgent, or healthful. Whether in the form of stockfish and stew or chocolate and jam, whether cooked as lasagna with greens or curdled into a fine or bitter cheese, this food-through metaphors and similes, through anecdotes and memories-leads to mystical connections, underlines the presence of meaning even, or especially, in the midst of seeming meaninglessness, and leads us to share in the pleasure of cooking, eating, and learning at a divine table in God's kitchen.">

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Meet the Author

Cristina Mazzoni

Cristina Mazzoni is Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Vermont. In addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals, she is the author of Saint Hysteria, Maternal Impressions, The Voices of Gemma Galgani (with Rudolph Bell), and The Women in God's Kitchen.

Table Of Contents

  • 1. Wonder Dough And Miracle Bread: Catherine Of Genoa And The Desert Mothers; 2. From Milk To Cheese And Other Female Metamorphoses (hildegard And Hadewijch); 3. Sugar And Spice And Everything Nice (elisabeth Of Schonau And "babette's Feast"); 4. Forbidden Fruit And Juicy Apples (margaret Ebner). 5. Nun's Celibacy And Convent Delicacies (saint Agatha's Mamaries); 6. Flour, Wine, And Lettuce (angela Of Foligno); 7. Ale And Wine, Stockfish And Stew (margery Kemp); 8. Among God's Pots And Pans (teresa Of Avila); 9. Philosophies Of The Kitchen (margaret Mary Alocoque, Sor Juana De La Cruz, Cecilia Ferrazzi); 10. Syrup And Jellies, Samp And Fat Pork (elizabeth Ann Seaton); 11. Dangerous Foods And Divine Treats (gemma Galgani); 12. Cakes, Salad, And Baby Food (therese Of Lisieux).

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