A product of their time and of the internalized Soviet ideology that to a great extent shaped women's gendered self-fashioning as women and mothers, Soviet manuscript cookbooks became popular among Soviet women in the late 1960s. Based on the semiotic reading of two personal manuscript cookbooks in the author's family, this article explores what these cookbooks, in combination with the author's family history, tell about how Soviet women used and reshaped the gender roles available to them in late Soviet everyday life. The author also asks questions about the cost of emancipation in a society that could not truly support such progress socially or economically.
Emancipation and Domesticity: Decoding Personal Manuscript Cookbooks from the Soviet Union
Anastasia Lakhtikova received her PhD in English and Comparative Literature at Washington University of St. Louis. She is a co-editor of Seasoned Socialisms: Gender and Food in Late Soviet Everyday Life (forthcoming, Indiana University Press). She has previously taught at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University.
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Anastasia Lakhtikova; Emancipation and Domesticity: Decoding Personal Manuscript Cookbooks from the Soviet Union. Gastronomica 1 November 2017; 17 (4): 111–126. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2017.17.4.111
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