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Cooking up a Second Act: Narratives and Images of Women’s Transformation through Food Work with Kimberly Nettles-Barcelón

Saturday | March 25, 2017 | 3:00 pm — 4:30 pm

University of the Pacific Center | 155 5th St, San Francisco, CA

From the lawyer and movie executive who leaves Hollywood to open a quaint bakery in Vermont and write cookbooks (My Life from Scratch by Gesine Bullock-Prado) and the PhD Candidate turned award-winning food blogger and restaurant owner (A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg), to the dissatisfied low-level government worker who’s blog and subsequent book became the basis of a major Hollywood movie (Julie & Julia by Julie Powell), narratives of women “cooking up second acts” seem to be all around. We find them in memoirs, in contemporary women’s magazines like Martha Stewart Living Magazine and MORE Magazine, in popular business magazines like Entrepreneur and PINK, in commercials touting financial products including those for and American Express OPEN, and in episodes of popular food television programs like Food TV’s Cupcake Wars and TLC’s DC Cupcakes. Today’s women, it seems, are (re)turning in droves to the kitchen as a site of passion and commerce. In this presentation we explore “second act” narratives in which food-domesticity plays a significant role in a woman’s transformation.

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