Speaking Sisters : Relief Society Cookbooks and Mormon Culture
Bower, Anne L.
Recipes for Reading : Community Cookbooks, Stories, Histories
University of Massachusetts Press
89-104 [Notes 249-250]
"As I watched them compose meals, substitute for missing ingredients, and pay careful attention to detail, I realized they were communicating two decidedly different messages in their cookbooks: in a patriarchal religious culture, where the most frequently heard public voices belong to men, Relief Society cookbooks provide their contributors with a way to affirm their religious faith, yet also to speak and be heard as individuals. Like a woman singing the melody of a familiar song, but composing her very own words, these cookbooks sustain the Mormon traditional religious value of family, along with woman's role in the home and in the church community, while at the same time articulating and validating more individualized ideas." [From the author's introduction]