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My Kitchen Wars By Betty Fussell My Kitchen Wars Although My Kitchen Wars is a war story this time the warrior is a woman and the battleground the kitchen Her weapons the batterie de cuisine of grills and squeezers and knives evoke a lifetime s nee
  • Title: My Kitchen Wars
  • Author: Betty Fussell
  • ISBN: 9780865476035
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Paperback
  • My Kitchen Wars By Betty Fussell Although My Kitchen Wars is a war story, this time the warrior is a woman and the battleground the kitchen Her weapons the batterie de cuisine of grills and squeezers and knives evoke a lifetime s need to make dinner, love, and war By prying open the past with these implements, Betty Fussell gives voice to a generation of women whose stories were shaped and yet simultaneAlthough My Kitchen Wars is a war story, this time the warrior is a woman and the battleground the kitchen Her weapons the batterie de cuisine of grills and squeezers and knives evoke a lifetime s need to make dinner, love, and war By prying open the past with these implements, Betty Fussell gives voice to a generation of women whose stories were shaped and yet simultaneously silenced by an era of domestic strife and global conflict, from World War II to Vietnam.My Kitchen Wars also is a love story, recounting Fussell s liberation from the tyrannical Puritanism of her family by a veteran of the Good War, a young writer named Paul Fussell But she soon finds herself captive again, constrained by the roles of faculty wife and mother Still, she cannot stop hungering for both a life of the mind and carnal pleasures Her inner war to unite body and mind brings down the marriage in a denouement as brutal as the whack of a cleaver Yet Fussell, however bruised, emerges to cook another dinner and to tell her tale in this fierce and funny memoir My Kitchen Wars was adapted into a one woman play performed in Hollywood and New York.
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    1. Betty Fussell

      Betty Harper Fussell is an award winning American writer and is the author of eleven books, ranging from biography to cookbooks, food history and memoir Over the last 50 years, her essays on food, travel and the arts have appeared in scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers as varied as The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Saveur, Vogue, Food Wine, Metropolitan Home and Gastronomica Her memoir, My Kitchen Wars, was performed in Hollywood and New York as a one woman show by actress Dorothy Lyman Her most recent book is Raising Steaks The Life and Times of American Beef, and she is now working on How to Cook a Coyote A Manual of Survival in NYC.

    249 thoughts on “My Kitchen Wars”

    1. We re all familiar with Paul Fussell, whose works about war and its effect on culture and vice versa are seminal Betty Fussell provides an intimate look at a different kind of war spousal This is the story of her journey to independence and self fulfillment She and Paul came from different sides of the track His life was much privileged, but she hungered for the same knowledge of literature The kitchen she was to become a famous cook and writer held a morbid attraction to her Forbidden to use t [...]


    2. It s not that Betty Fussell s life blighted middle class child, academic wife, dinner party thrower, scholar manqu , handmaiden to the career of Paul Fussell, journalist and author is undeserving of its own memoir, although it probably is It s that her writing isn t strong enough to sustain it Typical sentence While wives in sexy low cut dresses were still a plus, now the aim was to look like a hot tomato while remaining cucumber cool within Large chunks of the book are written in the first per [...]


    3. Fussell s My Kitchen Wars is one of the most uncomfortable book that I ve ever read The analogy of kitchen and food as hostile and warlike denys the essential goodness of that place, and of food as love Fussell s dispassionate telling of her puritanical upbringing followed by 30 years of conscious or unconscious unhappiness married to Paul Fussell is hard to imagine The dust jacket cover is symbolic of her life, a huge fork imprisoning a young women with a 1950s hairstyle and kitchen cloth surro [...]


    4. I wasn t expecting to be blown away by this food memoir, but I got really into Betty Fussell s tale of academia, adultery and food nerdery She s feisty


    5. Washington City PaperArts Entertainment Book ReviewHome FrontBy Glenn Dixon December 3, 1999In the preface to Wartime Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War, literary historian and former infantry officer Paul Fussell sets himself a weighty task For the past fifty years, he writes, the Allied war has been sanitized and romanticized almost beyond recognition by the sentimental, the loony patriotic, the ignorant, and the bloodthirsty I have tried to balance the scales With My Kitchen W [...]


    6. I read this book when it first came out so this was a second reading for me Betty Fussell provides a look at living the life of an academic s wife post WWII As Paul Fussell rises in the collegiate community, Betty, no intellectual light weight herself, clears the path for his writing and studies by handling most of the household duties including ever complex forays into french cookery I admit to a little eye rolling as she describes doing translations for fun and sanity while taking care of a b [...]


    7. With my love of memoirs still running high after Head Case and Squirting Milk at Chameleons, I wanted to start right in with another memoir This one was a bit harder to read than the last few memoirs have been for me most likely because so much of her story, maybe even all of it, takes place before I was even born.As a child of the 80s, it was hard to relate to the problems of a child growing up during The Great Depression But once Betty s story reached her college years and marriage, I began to [...]


    8. Smoothly written memoir combining foodie history and feminist history It was particularly interesting to get a different generational context than yet another Boomer It s a complete and bizarre coincidence that I read this right after a book by her ex husband, who probably didn t care very much for this But as tell alls go, it was refreshingly low key A really different era Except for the cheap travel to Europe, I m glad I missed it.


    9. Take roughly equal parts foodie confessional, Feminine Mystique, and Who s Afraid of Viriginia Woolf shake add some kiss and tell bitters at the end and serve on the rocks It s a memorable, distinctive cocktail of a book But it leaves me with a longing for something else as a chaser something wholesome and unpretentious, like an orange or a slice of bread.


    10. Fascinating I think I expected kitchen in the first 3 4 she really doesn t get interested in or talk about food until much later in life but she s a great storyteller I have no idea how she survived with her husband for so long I would have killed him the first time he told her she couldn t write I need to find some of her cookbooks now.


    11. i really loved this taking the idea of the cooking the kitchen love, and turning it into cooking the kitchen a battlefield worked really well for me her writing was interesting and beautiful.


    12. Betty Fussell is a good writer My Kitchen Wars is a good autobiography This is her story about her growth from a hard scrabble family into the middle then upper classes Her story is intimate and honest and very much a mirror of what was possible in America from the 1930 s into the late 20th century I did not always like what I was reading It is hard to be too sympathetic about a woman whose biggest problem was following the highest fashions in cooking But this is a compelling view both of this w [...]


    13. FANTASTIC I thoroughly enjoyed this book and related to it in than a few ways Clear, honest, she doesn t pull any punches I highly recommend it, especially to anyone who is attempting to turn, look back no matter what point you are in life and be honest about what you ve not been willing to examine.


    14. Food writer Betty Fussell s memoir, My Kitchen Wars , was originally in 1999 I was just offered it as a Kindle ebook for 2.99 and decided to take chance on it I found it interesting and reflective than many memoirs are Memoirs are a strange breed of book the author can basically write anything they want about themselves Unlike a biography, in general, memoirs are not fact checked The facts being presented by the memoir writer are as correct , as remembered Betty Fussell was the first wife of hi [...]


    15. My Kitchen Wars is a dense, furious and absorbing read by food journalist Betty Fussell Smart and talented, she lived in the shadow of a great man in academia during the 1950 s She went from a loveless childhood to a difficult marriage and using cooking metaphors The Invasion of Warring Blenders she describes the skirmishes and outright battles that occurred between the sexes in post WWII middle class America regarding women s roles As expected, Ms Fussell threw herself into making a home for he [...]


    16. Kitchen Wars and Domestic BattlesThis was an interesting memoir by Betty Fussell I must admit that I had no idea who she is Ms Fussell is primarily a food writer and this book was written in 1999 It was also performed as a one woman show on Broadway I would like to see that play In fact, I think I may have enjoyed this book as an audiobook or as a play Some things are better performed than read.Kitchen Wars is Ms Fussell s life from childhood, to marriage, and through divorce Her mother dies wh [...]


    17. Parts of this book were wonderful When Fussell talks about food, her passion shines through and her writing is almost poetic The same is true of her studies when the reader can sense some level of pure excitement from academic pursuits Her stories about the battles between women to out do one another in the kitchen in the 60s were fabulous, as was her description of her new house However, much of the reading is simply not as engaging as it should be The material is there tough childhood in a fam [...]


    18. i loved reading this Betty is Paul Fussell s ex wife, and she describes wonderfully how it felt to be a smart and well educated woman in the post war 50s in the academic setting when women simply weren t hired in academia She and other smart women turned to Entertaining as a Competitive Sport No event was too small to be sanctified by a party including an At Home for 200 people So many parties So much art down the gullet she also writes about the couple s eventual separation, which came after sh [...]


    19. I m so glad that I read this book.Although Betty Fussell was born 50 years before me, I saw myself struggling with the same issues she struggled with in trying to have both career and family I found her very honest in describing how enthusiastically and easily she accepted her role as a wife that did not work for pay , how she dealt with being a less than equal partner in her marriage, and how she was not without fault in the death of her marriage I wondered what it would be like to make the sam [...]


    20. This memoir covers a rather large swath of Betty Fussell s life and she paints a vivid picture of the many conflicts and challenges she had, all loosely centered around food, eating and her struggle to find her place in her marriage and as a woman She eventually does and at the end of the book settles into her work as a food critic, cookbook author and contributor to several publications, all centered around food Her writing style is an entertaining read although her long lists of French dishes [...]


    21. Picked this for the Beyond the Library book discussion group that I lead for my library, the Itasca Community Library, and got very mixed reviews With my luck, the few women who actually liked it could not make the meeting Those who were there did not seem to care for Fussell s style or could not relate to her story Granted, it seemed like she wrote it just to be able to make her better known husband Paul look like a jerk but there were also many other insightful nuggets into the 50s and 60s, pa [...]


    22. Spoiler alert As a person who loves food and memoirs, I thought this book was great My beef ha with it is the way it dealt with homosexuality A woman and her husband spend the duration of their 30 year marriage engaging in heteronormative adultery that both are aware of and seemingly ok with, but suddenly the husband has a sexual encounter with a male student and the marriage is over The absolute finality of this decision despite all the previous transgressions makes this reader uneasy, but the [...]


    23. I was glad for the new doors opened by affirmative action, but I found it impossible to shut them firmly behind me I had invested too much in my decades of caretaking, which despite its frustrations had meaning to me I couldn t simply exchange one role for another, so like countless other women I took on both, doing double the work in the same amount of time AND I yearned to create something permanent, something concrete, to have something to show at the end of a few decades hard work Instead of [...]


    24. I really wanted to like this book I really wanted the reviewers to be wrong This is one of those times I don t get my wish This could have been a good book if Fussell wasn t so unpleasant Her moments of happiness and affirmation are few and far between Granted, she comes by her dourness via her miserable family, but having survived it, I wanted her to show a glimmer of hope here and there and eventually come out at the end all conquering and powerful Instead, she seems satisfied to have revealed [...]


    25. My Kitchen Wars by Betty Fussell is a free NetGalley ebook that I started to read in a weekend of early March I was searching among the Food Cooking title and saw this title literally bookended by listings of two James Beard cookbooks, so I smiled and clicked down the line to request all three.Almost immediately, I came to adore Betty s gleefully unapologetic literary voice, yet the involvement of food was spread intermittently among her social, sexual, and travel escapades, which held a whole l [...]


    26. I wish there were a category for tried it but didn t like it I like food, and Paul Fussell, the author s husband, so figured this food writer s memoir would be a good match for me Even though I knew that the book was at least partly about their breakup, I figured it would be an interesting story of conflict and passion Turned out, not so much To me, the book reads like a diary and not a very interesting one Too bad.


    27. I didn t care for this book It said it was a humorous memior, but I found it pretensious, boring, and kind of sad There were a few parts I chuckled at, but the author seemed to busy trying to impress the reader with how much literature and classic authors she s read, how many trips she took over seas, and how much french cooking she knew I just couldn t relate to her Not my type of book Others would probably like it.


    28. This was a very interesting book, but disturbing in some ways Betty Fussell was very honest in telling the story of her life I had never heard of her as a cookbook author As a slice of life for her times it was interesting, but she didn t seem like a very nice person nor did her husband or any of her friends.


    29. I picked this book up at the Peace Corps office library I never finished it I thought the author would be down to earth and insightful, but instead she came off as pretentious and detached from reality She had the right ingredientsfairs, travels, etce s just not an interesting person Or at least an interesting story teller.


    30. I started this book with great enthusiasm for the food and domestic aspects, but the entire beginning is a turbid, depressing history of her immediate family and their ancestors It picked up a bit when she went to college, but ultimately it couldn t hold my interest I probably should have started reading it in the middle.


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