Feeding Fascism: The Politics of Women’s Food Work
Available: February 2022© 2022
320 Pages, 7.00 x 10.00 in, 54 colour illustrations, 24 b&w illustrations
Not Yet Published
Feeding Fascism explores how women negotiated the politics of Italy’s Fascist regime in their daily lives and how they fed their families through agricultural and industrial labour. The book looks at women’s experiences of Fascism by examining the material world in which they lived in relation to their thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Over the past decade, Diana Garvin has conducted extensive research in Italian museums, libraries, and archives. Feeding Fascism includes illustrations of rare cookbooks, kitchen utensils, cafeteria plans, and culinary propaganda to connect women’s political beliefs with the places that they lived and worked and the objects that they owned and borrowed. Garvin draws on first-hand accounts, such as diaries, work songs, and drawings, that demonstrate how women and the Fascist state vied for control over national diet across many manifestations – cooking, feeding, and eating – to assert and negotiate their authority. Revealing the national stakes of daily choices, and the fine line between resistance and consent, Feeding Fascism attests to the power of food.
Introduction: Tabletop Politics
1. Feeding Fascism
2. Culinary Battles and Rural Revolt
3. Breastfeeding at the Chocolate Factory
4. Recipes for Exceptional Times
5. Model Fascist Kitchens
Conclusion: From Feeding Fascism to Eating Mussolini
A Note to Future Researchers