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Mary Wollstonecraft, toffee bars, invisibility

December 10, 2009

M.W. probably did not feel inadequate when her “toffee bars” did not come out looking like the ones in the cookbook. She probably did not make toffee bars. I know she hated to get dressed up: bone stays, gauze, “frizzled hair.” Besides, in her day there were no cookbooks with glossy photographs of perfect toffee bars to torment her. Tomorrow night is the first night of Hannukah and I looked at the lovely pictures in my Cookies and Bars book and thought I would make all of those bars and cookies. But I should have cut out the picture instead and stuck it on a plate.
I am sulking, anyways, because my local paper left The Woman Who Named God off its “holiday round up.” Talk about feeling invisible.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2009 12:31 am

    Hmmmmm….. I’d suggest you toss those nasty toffee bars onto the desk of whoever it was that removed your book from the list with a snide “Ho-f***ing-Ho” but that would be a real buzz kill for the season, don’t you think? (Or, as my uber-Christian sister would say, “That just wouldn’t be the best witness.”)

    A friend of mine who pieces quilt tops likes to refer to the square that isn’t quite right as a “humble square.” Sometimes there’s only 1 or 2; sometimes there are more. Bottom line is that the blanket is still warm.

    Bottom line: Even toffee bars that don’t look so wonderful are still edible.

    Bottom line: Even if your book isn’t on someone’s list it will still be read and enjoyed.

    Keep your chin up. There’s much more to celebrate than to despair of. (Hope this made you smile!)

  2. December 11, 2009 6:53 am

    Ditto what Judith said. Not to mention that your book is curious and intelligent and earnest and beautifully researched, and you are wonderful.

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