Black Hunger: Soul Food And America by Doris Witt


By Doris Witt

focuses on debates which were waged over the time period 'soul food'
since the tumultuous period of the past due 1960's and early 1970's.

BLACK starvation seems to be particularly at how the organization of African-
American ladies with nutrients has helped constitution twentieth-century
psychic, cultural, sociopolitical, and fiscal lifestyles in America.
An organization that has blossomed right into a advanced internet of political,
religious, sexual and racial tensions among Blacks and whites,
and in the Black neighborhood itself.

Doris Witt makes use of vaudeville, literature, movie and cookbooks to
explore how foodstuff has been used to perpetuate and problem racial
stereotypes. -- The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

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The Aunt Jemima trademark originated not in the antebellum South but rather in the Gilded Age Midwest. In 1888 Missouri journalist Chris Rutt bought a flour mill with Charles G. Underwood, a friend who already had connections to the milling industry. Faced with a glutted market, the two decided to retail the surplus flour as a ready-made pancake mix. Initially sold in plain paper sacks, the mix was without a trade name until the fall of 1889, when Rutt attended a performance by the blackface team of Baker and Farrell at a local vaudeville house.

Hurst then details her efforts to achieve frailty and therefore glory, admitting, "There was to come a time, fallen so low had I, when to stand with my nose plastered against the plate-glass windows of lunchroom emporiums, where flapjacks, later to be smothered under melting butter and golden syrup[,] were being juggled, became one of my favorite outdoor sports" (27). Having passed through the stage when she "pitied obesity in others, and did all in [her] power to either induce or encourage it" (33), Hurst reports that her current wish is to be freed from her obsession with food and dieting—though she fears that she is "too infected with this slimming phobia to hope for complete redemption" (52).

Quickly mutates to encompass other aspects of black female consumption, including access 24 SERVANT PROBLEMS to the wealth and power that can satisfy desire. Certainly one suspects that popular interest in Winfrey's eating habits during the late 19805 and early 19905 was in no small part a function of her enormous wealth: even the notorious TV Guide body-switch cover was accompanied by a story entitled "The Richest Woman on TV? 6 Similarly, though Saturday Night Live producer Lome Michaels failed in his attempt to have guest-host Winfrey impersonate Aunt Jemima in a 1986 skit, it is noteworthy that in the sketch the trademark was to have been a target of downsizing at Quaker Oats (A.

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