About the Book
Based on extensive interviews and field research in the homes and kitchens of a diverse group of American families, Pressure Cooker challenges the logic of the most popular foodie mantras of our time, showing how they miss the mark and up the ante for parents and children. Romantic images of family meals are inviting, but they create a fiction that does little to fix the problems in the food system. The unforgettable stories in this book evocatively illustrate how class inequality, racism, sexism, and xenophobia converge at the dinner table. If we want a food system that is fair, equitable, and nourishing, we must look outside the kitchen for answers.
Collecting the Data:
Pressure Cooker is the result of 5 years of research conducted with Black, white, and Latina mothers of young children. We conducted in-depth interviews, watched families cook and share meals in their homes, tagged along at the grocery store, and went to children's appointments. The book focuses on the stories of nine mothers of young children, but their stories represent the successes and struggles experienced by all of the mothers in our study.