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Writing on Retro Microwave Cookbooks (& more!) for Nursing Clio

I’m realizing that I never formally announced on the blog some big and happy news: I’m now a regular contributing writer at Nursing Clio!

A peer-reviewed, open access, collaborative blog project, Nursing Clio publishes histories meant to inform present day events and debates, very often at the intersection of medicine, gender, and sexuality, asserting “the personal is historical.” For me, it’s a been an amazingly supportive and generative space to continue my writing on the histories of food, nutrition, health, bodies, and gender. I hope you’ll read my work there and that of many other fascinating scholars, who are taking the extra (and as you know I think very important) step of making their academic work publicly accessible.

So far, I’ve written on Helen Atwater (a figure in the history of nutrition, domestic science, and home economics often overshadowed by her famous father, Wilbur Olin Atwater) and the cultural politics of male weight loss, drawing from my dissertation research. Yesterday my newest essay was published, “Microwave Cookbooks: Technology, Convenience & Dining Alone,” which explores a small corpus of retro microwave cookbooks from the 1970s and 1980s, considering them alongside the mug meal and mug cake trends of recent years.

I hope you’ll read it, and I’d love to hear what you think!

Top Image Credit: Emily Contois, 2017

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