All stirred up Suffrage cookbooks, food, and the battle for women's right to vote

Laura Kumin

Book - 2020

A look at how suffragettes brought their political messages into American homes through cookbooks that appealed to women in nonthreatening and accessible ways and ran counter to the militant and stern caricatures often associated with the movement.

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Genres
Recipes
Published
New York : Pegasus Books 2020.
Edition
First Pegasus books edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xxxvii, 357 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-343) and index.
ISBN
9781643134529
1643134523
Main Author
Laura Kumin (author)
  • Timeline
  • Introduction
  • The suffrage battle. Time travel: imagining the pre-suffrage world: breads, breakfast, and brunch Launching the campaign: appetizers, finger food, and beverages ; From Seneca Falls to the ballot box: soups and salads ; We can peel potatoes and fight for the vote, too! Suffrage strategies and battle tactics: meat and poultry
  • Food for the suffrage legions. Revolution in the kitchen: fish and seafood ; Unique, yet connected: the suffrage cookbooks: rice, noodles, and vegetables ; Entertaining and eating, suffrage-style: condiments, pickles, and preserves
  • Beyond suffrage. What suffrage means for us: desserts and other sweets.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

A look at how suffragettes brought their political messages into American homes through cookbooks that appealed to women in nonthreatening and accessible ways and ran counter to the militant and stern caricatures often associated with the movement.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A look at how suffragettes brought their political messages into American homes through cookbooks that appealed to women in nonthreatening and accessible ways and ran counter to the militant and stern caricatures often associated with the movement. 6,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In honor of the centenary of the 19th amendment, a delectable new book that reveals a new side to the history of the suffrage movement.We all likely conjure up a similar image of the women's suffrage movement: picket signs, red carnations, militant marches through the streets. But was it only these rallies that gained women the exposure and power that led them to the vote?Ever courageous and creative, suffragists also carried their radical message into America's homes wrapped in food wisdom, through cookbooks, which ingenuously packaged political strategy into already existent social communities. These cookbooks gave suffragists a chance to reach out to women on their own terms, in nonthreatening and accessible ways. Cooking together, feeding people, and using social situations to put people at ease were pioneering grassroots tactics that leveraged the domestic knowledge these women already had, feeding spoonfuls of suffrage to communities through unexpected and unassuming channels.Kumin, the author of The Hamilton Cookbook, expands this forgotten history, she shows us that, in spite of massive opposition, these women brilliantly wove charm and wit into their message. Filled with actual historic recipes ('mix the crust with tact and velvet gloves, using no sarcasm, especially with the upper crust') that evoke the spirited flavor of feminism and food movements, All Stirred Up re-activates the taste of an era and carries us back through time.Kumin shows that these suffragettes were far from the militant, stern caricatures their detractors made them out to be. Long before they had the vote, women enfranchised themselves through the subversive and savvy power of the palate.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In honor of the centenary of the 19th amendment, a delectable new book that reveals a new side to the history of the suffrage movement.We all likely conjure up a similar image of the women's suffrage movement: picket signs, red carnations, militant marches through the streets. But was it only these rallies that gained women the exposure and power that led them to the vote?Ever courageous and creative, suffragists also carried their radical message into America's homes wrapped in food wisdom, through cookbooks, which ingenuously packaged political strategy into already existent social communities. These cookbooks gave suffragists a chance to reach out to women on their own terms, in nonthreatening and accessible ways. Cooking together, feeding people, and using social situations to put people at ease were pioneering grassroots tactics that leveraged the domestic knowledge these women already had, feeding spoonfuls of suffrage to communities through unexpected and unassuming channels.Kumin, the author of The Hamilton Cookbook, expands this forgotten history, she shows us that, in spite of massive opposition, these women brilliantly wove charm and wit into their message. Filled with actual historic recipes ('mix the crust with tact and velvet gloves, using no sarcasm, especially with the upper crust') that evoke the spirited flavor of feminism and food movements, All Stirred Up re-activates the taste of an era and carries us back through time.Kumin shows that these suffragettes were far from the militant, stern caricatures their detractors made them out to be. Long before they had the vote, women enfranchised themselves through the subversive and savvy power of the palate.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

In celebration of the centenary of the 19th amendment, a delectable new bookthat reveals a new side to the history of the suffrage movement.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

We all likely conjure up a similar image of the women’s suffrage movement: picket signs, red carnations, militant marches through the streets. But was it only these rallies that gained women the exposure and power that led them to the vote?Ever courageous and creative, suffragists also carried their radical message into America’s homes wrapped in food wisdom, through cookbooks, which ingenuously packaged political strategy into already existent social communities. These cookbooks gave suffragists a chance to reach out to women on their own terms, in nonthreatening and accessible ways. Cooking together, feeding people, and using social situations to put people at ease were pioneering grassroots tactics that leveraged the domestic knowledge these women already had, feeding spoonfuls of suffrage to communities through unexpected and unassuming channels.The Hamilton CookbookAll Stirred UpKumin shows that these suffragettes were far from the militant, stern caricatures their detractors made them out to be. Long before they had the vote, women enfranchised themselves through the subversive and savvy power of the palate.