Professor Rebekah Pite‘s latest book has won the 2013 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for best Latin American Cuisine Book published in the United States.
Creating a Common Table in Twentieth Century Argentina: Doña Petrona, Women, and Food will now move on to Gourmand’s Beijing Cookbook Fair next month where it will compete with winners in the same category in other countries for “The Best in the World.”
Creating a Common Table focuses on Dona Petrona C. de Gandulfo (1896-1992), Argentina’s most influential domestic leader and a national female figure. Reprinted over 100 times, her cookbook, El libro de Doña Petrona, is considered one of the top three best sellers in Argentine history. Petrona appeared to capacity crowds in large conference halls, on radio, in magazines, and on television during her career spanning the 1920s-’80s.
“Pite’s narrative illuminates the important role of food—its consumption, preparation, and production—in daily life, class formation, and national identity. By connecting issues of gender, domestic work, and economic development, Pite, assistant professor of history, brings into focus the critical importance of women’s roles as consumers, cooks, and community builders,” states the description on the book jacket.