My Kitchen Wars : My Kitchen Wars is a war story. This time, though, the warrior is a woman and the battleground is the kitchen. Her weapons - the batterie de cuisine of grills and squeezers and knives - evoke a lifetime's need to make dinner, love, and war. With these implements, Betty Fussell pries open the past, giving voice to a generation of women whose stories were shaped but nonetheless silenced by an era of domestic strife and global conflict, from World War II to Vietnam. My Kitchen Wars is also a love story, as Fussell is liberated from the tyrannical puritanism of her family by a vet of the "Good War," a young writer named Paul Fussell. But she soon finds herself captive again, constrained by the roles of faculty wife and mother. Still, she cannot stop hungering for both a life of the mind and carnal pleasures. Her inner war to unite body and mind brings down the marriage, in a denouement as brutal as the whack of a cleaver. Yet Fussell, however bruised, emerges to cook another dinner and to tell her tale in this fierce and funny memoir.
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