What She Ate by Laura Shapiro

Amy B.    August 8, 2017    Comments Off on What She Ate by Laura Shapiro

Food writer Laura Shapiro examines the lives of six prominent women through their “food stories” in this collective biography. The women are:

  • Dorothy Wordsworth, sister of the poet William Wordsworth, whose evocative reference to “black puddings” in her diary summarizes the vicissitudes of her life.
  • Edwardian caterer Rosa Lewis, who hobnobbed with aristocracy but could never overcome her Cockney roots.
  • First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who used food as a weapon in her passive-aggressive war with her philandering husband.
  • Hitler’s champagne-swilling, empty-headed mistress Eva Braun, who dieted as millions starved.
  • Author Barbara Pym, who celebrated the much maligned British cuisine in her domestic novels.
  • Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, who believed that a “tiny touch of anorexia nervosa” was good for a woman and her figure.

This book provides an unusual, and long overdue, way of looking at women’s lives. Find it in our catalog here.