Lee Smith's Recipe Box

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Thus denoting the changes in her life compared to her traditional and isolated existence in Grundy. Smith discusses how as her world expands outside her hometown, simultaneously so does the recipes in the recipe box. She explains, “I, too, have written out my life in recipes.” In her early stages of marriage, she had eleven dessert recipes with Cool Whip as the main ingredient. She elucidates how as her progression out of Grundy increased, her diversity of eating expanded. New recipes for hibachi, fondue, quiche, crepes and the most recent addition salsas, were added to her mother’s recipe box. These foods indicate how far she has come from the traditions of her southern hometown. Additionally, she describes how cooking isn’t solely controlled by women but to men as well in the 21st century. The chapter provides a stark between the conventional housewife and the new aged husband who shares the responsibility of cooking. The starts the comparison by describing the image of her mother waiting for her father to come home from work every day. She prepared a hot meal on the table ready for him each time he came
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