Small Fires: An Epic in the Kitchen

Rebecca May Johnson

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Pushkin Press

Published: 25th Aug '22

£14.99

‘An intense, thought-provoking enquiry into the very nature of cooking, which stayed with me long after I finished it’ – Nigella Lawson

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Description

Cooking is thinking! The spatter of sauce in a pan, a cook’s subtle deviation from a recipe, the careful labour of cooking for loved ones: these are not often the subjects of critical enquiry. Cooking, we are told, has nothing to do with serious thought; the path to intellectual fulfilment leads directly out of the kitchen. In this electrifying, innovative memoir, Rebecca May Johnson rewrites the kitchen as a vital source of knowledge and revelation. Drawing on insights from ten years spent thinking through cooking, she explores the radical openness of the recipe text, the liberating constraint of apron strings and the transformative intimacies of shared meals. Playfully dissolving the boundaries between abstract intellect and bodily pleasure, domesticity and politics, Johnson awakens us to the richness of cooking as a means of experiencing the self and the world – and to the revolutionary potential of the small fires burning in every kitchen.

Additional information

Dimensions 135 × 216 mm
Page Count 192