Hidden among the simple lists of ingredients and directions for everyday foods are surprising stories. In Baking as Biography, Diane Tye considers her mother's recipe collection, reading between the lines of the aging index cards to provide a candid and nuanced portrait of one woman's life as mother, minister's wife, and participant in local Maritime women's networks.
Diane Tye is an associate professor in the Department of Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland and co-editor (with Pauline Greenhill) of Undisciplined Women: Tradition and Culture in Canada.
"This is excellent! Diane Tye has done a wonderful job of weaving together her own story with that of the larger culture. The text moves seamlessly from data to commentary with theory and ethnographic accounts interspersed in a natural, logical way." -Lucy Long, International Studies & American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
"This book therefore lends itself well to multiple readings. It may be read as a biography or as a careful work of scholarship that sits between Folklore and Women's Studies, or one can read and make use of its recipes. In the interest of becoming a culi