My Kitchen Wars

My Kitchen Wars

Betty Fussell / Sep 23, 2019

My Kitchen Wars My Kitchen Wars is a war story but the warrior is a woman the battleground is the kitchen and the weapons are the batterie de cuisine with which Betty Fussell evokes her era s domestic battles As mu

  • Title: My Kitchen Wars
  • Author: Betty Fussell
  • ISBN: 9780865475779
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • My Kitchen Wars is a war story but the warrior is a woman, the battleground is the kitchen, and the weapons are the batterie de cuisine with which Betty Fussell evokes her era s domestic battles As much about hunger emotional, sexual, intellectual as it is about food, this fierce and funny memoir takes no prisoners.

    My Kitchen Wars My Kitchen Wars By BETTY FUSSELL North Point Press Read the Review Assault and Battery Within its cardinal points pots, a fan, a sink, a stove my kitchen encompasses earth, air, water, and fire These are the elements of nature that cooking transforms to make the raw materials of food, and the murderous acts of cooking and eating it My Kitchen Wars Betty Fussell My Kitchen Wars is a cook s tour de force Judith Stone, Mirabella Fussell serves up the story of her life with the same cutting wit and pungent detail that distinguish her cookbooks Wendy Smith, Elle Read About the Author Betty Fussell is the author of nine books. My Kitchen Wars Betty Fussell My Kitchen Wars is a war story but the warrior is a woman, the battleground is the kitchen, and the weapons are the batterie de cuisine with which Betty Fussell evokes her era s domestic battles As much about hunger emotional, sexual, intellectual as it is about food, A Full Belly My Kitchen Wars My Kitchen Wars is the memoir of Betty Fussell, food historian and author of several books, including the acclaimed The Story of Corn The th Street Theater Lab 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. My Kitchen Wars by Betty Fussell OverDrive Rakuten My Kitchen Wars is a revelation of the author s lifelong love affair with food cooking it, eating it, and sharing it no matter where or with whom she finds herself From Princeton to Heidelberg and from London to Provence, Fussell ladles out food, sex, and travel with her wooden spoon, welcoming all who come to the table. My Kitchen Wars Betty Fussell brewerytapfp My Kitchen Wars is a war story but the warrior is a woman, the battleground is the kitchen, and the weapons are the batterie de cuisine with which Betty Fussell evokes her era s domestic battles As much about hunger emotional, sexual, intellectual as it is about food, My Kitchen Wars BY Betty Fussell masterchefslunch My Kitchen Wars is a war story but the warrior is a woman, the battleground is the kitchen, and the weapons are the batterie de cuisine with which Betty Fussell evokes her era s domestic battles As much about hunger emotional, sexual, intellectual as it is about food, My Kitchen Wars A Memoir by Betty Fussell Review Reading My Kitchen Wars is as enjoyable as watching a gourmet cook or listening to an artist talk about her passions Fussell is not the first to relate food to war The French refer to cooking utensils as batterie de cuisine, literally, the artillery of the kitchen Fussell s first months in the kitchen My kitchen wars Book, WorldCat Get this from a library My kitchen wars Betty Harper Fussell A memoir in which Betty Fussell recalls her life as one of a generation of women whose lives were

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      • 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.


    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 more 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. F [...]

    2. It's not that Betty Fussell's life - blighted middle class child, academic wife, dinner party thrower, scholar manqué, handmaiden to the career of Paul Fussell, journalist and author - is undeserving of its own memoir, although it probably is. It's more 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 [...]

    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 su [...]

    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 scal [...]

    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 more complex forays into french cookery. I admit to a little eye-rolling as she describes doing translations for fun and sanity while taking care [...]

    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 bega [...]

    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 more "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 o [...]

    13. FANTASTIC. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and related to it in more 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 more 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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 more 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 m [...]

    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 i [...]

    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 ca [...]

    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 [...]

    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 dis [...]

    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 '6 [...]

    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, bu [...]

    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. In [...]

    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 re [...]

    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 [...]

    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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