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Look Who's CookingThe Rhetoric of American Home Cooking Traditions in the Twenty-First Century$
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Jennifer Rachel Dutch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496818751

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496818751.001.0001

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Just Like Grandma Never Made: Lamenting the Loss of Home Cooking in America

Just Like Grandma Never Made: Lamenting the Loss of Home Cooking in America

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Look Who's Cooking
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Jennifer Rachel Dutch

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496818751.003.0003

While cooking at home is no longer an odious chore, many critics lament what they see as the demise of cooking from scratch. These critics promise that a return to the kitchen will make Americans healthier and happier. By claiming that home cooking is in a state of decline from an idealized past and proposing that the only solution to the stress of modern life is a return to those past kitchen practices, these critics adhere to a traditional rhetorical pattern known as a “Jeremiad.” However, the weakness of the American home cooking jeremiad is that it only serves to increase anxiety as Americans fail to capture a past golden age that never really existed.

Keywords:   Cooking from scratch, Jeremiad, Golden Age, Rhetoric

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