Small Fires

Small Fires: An Epic in the Kitchen

Hardback Published on: 25/08/2022
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Small Fires
Startlingly Original
I've been thinking about this ever since I finished it a couple of days ago. I've talked about it with a few people too, so it's certainly been successful ... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley


Cooking is thinking! The spatter of sauce in a pan, a cook's subtle deviation from a recipe, the careful labour of cooking for loved ones: these are not often the subjects of critical enquiry. Cooking, we are told, has nothing to do with serious thought; the path to intellectual fulfilment leads directly out of the kitchen. In this electrifying, innovative memoir, Rebecca May Johnson rewrites the kitchen as a vital source of knowledge and revelation. Drawing on insights from ten years spent thinking through cooking, she explores the radical openness of the recipe text, the liberating constraint of apron strings and the transformative intimacies of shared meals. Playfully dissolving the boundaries between abstract intellect and bodily pleasure, domesticity and politics, Johnson awakens us to the richness of cooking as a means of experiencing the self and the world - and to the revolutionary potential of the small fires burning in every kitchen.

  • Publisher: Pushkin Press
  • ISBN: 9781911590484
  • Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm

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Small Fires
A fresh take on our relationship with the kitchen - funny, moving, and thought-provoking
Kenza  Barton Schlee
Small Fires
highly recommended
An excellent mix of memoir and recipes. It's a fascinating read that can appeal to anyone who likes to cook or anyone interested in food. Liked the style o... READ MORE