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Margaret Dunn and her 'everyday' cookery book: Mother was a good cook, too (1974)

journal contribution
posted on 01.10.2019, 00:00 by Donna Brien
Making a living as a professional writer has long been a challenge for many women writers in Australia. As Miles Franklin lamented almost a century ago “in Australia the writer has ceased to have any of that social notice or esteem which is kept for those who succeed in business or become conspicuous in sport” (1943: 31), and most women writers continue to struggle to gain any significant notice or esteem. This article uses Margaret Dunn’s popular, everyday cookbook, Mother’s Best Recipes (1974), to explore her life and career. It also offers information about taste, cookery and the publication of cookbooks in Australia at this time. It finishes by considering the concept of the portfolio career, and especially how this relates to women writers, both historical and current.

History

Issue

9

Start Page

35

End Page

45

Number of Pages

11

ISSN

2253-5225

Location

New Zealand

Publisher

Kowhiti House, New Zealand

Language

English

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Author Research Institute

Centre for Regional Advancement of Learning, Equity, Access and Participation (LEAP)

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

The Aristologist: An Antipodean Journal of Food & Eating

Exports

CQUniversity

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