Voices In The Kitchen By Mabeth Harper

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Folklore, folk meaning people and –lore meaning stories, can derive from many different accepts ranging from music, dance, food, stories (written and oral), traditions, and many others. Folklore can give symbolic meaning to one’s life. In the case of Marybeth Harper, she is one who deals everyday in the practice of folklore by cooking all different types of food. Food is the burning fuel that makes her much as part of Folklore as any one else. From growing it, to cooking it, and sharing recipes, food, for Marybeth Harper, is symbolic in which the way she cares for the people she loves, family and friends; to the care she shows for others. Marybeth Harper interview connects to crucial topics talked about in the text read in class. This paper will focus on Marybeth hobby of making different fruit Marmalades and her role in feeding the hungry; and how it ties to the ideas of the Kitchen Space, Food as Knowledge, comparison to Curendarismo, and a food creation as being an art.
Marybeth did not always know how to cook. She was born, adopted, and raised in El Paso, Texas which is enriched with
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Teachers can be the mother, grandmothers, aunts, or other women. Marybeth does fall into this category of a teacher; and the audience, according to the text, engages with the community and how they define or judge this art. Marybeth teaches this art to her friends or family that want to know how she creates this scrumptious jams, or to whoever wants to know who it is done. She even offered to show myself and my interview partner how to make it if we truly want to learn. There is also a small connection to the teacher aspect of how she shared the art of growing and cooking the food grown to the children at delta. Both are forms of art that she passed down to others. An art that she is more than happy to share freely with anyone who truly wants to

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