Ingredients for Revolution: A History of American Feminist Restaurants, Cafes, and Coffeehouses


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SKU: 9781988111414 Category:
Author: Ketchum, Alex D
Publication Date: 02/13/2023
Publisher: Concordia University Press
Binding: Paperback
Media: Book


A study of feminist restaurants in the United States, from 1972 to the present.


In 1972, a restaurant called Mother Courage opened in New York–followed by more than 230 feminist cafes, coffeehouses, and restaurants across the United States over the next fifty years. Ingredients for Revolution collects their stories for the first time, showcasing the vital role these institutions played in the fight for women’s liberation, LGBTQ equality, and food justice. Alex D. Ketchum surveys these businesses’ various financial models and dives into broader issues of labor, food sourcing, and cultural programming to understand how these women yoked feminist and capitalist commitments toward a more equitable marketplace. Brimming with archival research, interviews, and photographs, Ingredients for Revolution is a fundamental work of women’s, food, and cultural history.