Crumbs on the Counter: A Study of the Ability of the Food Memoir To Reveal a Writer's Identity through Culinary Experience
College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
food memoir, identity, culinary experience, food, cultural transmission
Ledoux, Danielle Courtney, "Crumbs on the Counter: A Study of the Ability of the Food Memoir To Reveal a Writer's Identity through Culinary Experience" (2021). Masters Theses. 781.
Despite various backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives, the table offers a place for people to meet on common ground. With my chosen creative work, the food memoir, I invite the reader to the common ground of food so that I can share my journey of self-discovery through specific memories with my mother. This process demonstrates how the food memoir effectively reaches a modern audience by incorporating key components of the cookbook, the memoir, and narrative writing. This analysis of the academic fields and writing techniques incorporated in the food memoir reveals a key literary tradition of the subgenre—the discovery of identity through food. Representing current trends and multiple genres, the food memoir uniquely reveals a writer’s identity from a culinary perspective.