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Rhetorical Recipes: Women’s Literacies In and Out of the Kitchen

From: Community Literacy Journal
Volume 6, Issue 2, Spring 2011-2012
pp. 23-41 | 10.1353/clj.2012.0018



Drawing on interview data regarding literacy practices done in tandem with housework, this article presents an array of recipe uses among retirement-age women. Given their backgrounds as professionals who came of age during second-wave feminism, the women see little value in “domestic” practices such as cooking literacies (Barton & Hamilton). However, the women’s uses of recipes for a variety of rhetorical purposes, in and out of the kitchen, are valuable material and social reflections of the women’s success in acquiring traditional literacies in school and at work.