- 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.