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

Jamie White-Farnham


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 come 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.

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Publication of the Community Literacy Journal is made possible through the generous support of the English Department and the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Florida International University. The CLJ is a journal of the Conference on Community Writing.