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Creating a Common Table in Twentieth-Century ArgentinaDona Petrona, Women, and Food$
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Rebekah E. Pite

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469606897

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469606910_Pite

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Shifting Priorities & Entertaining Inequalities

Shifting Priorities & Entertaining Inequalities

(p.151) Chapter Five Shifting Priorities & Entertaining Inequalities
Creating a Common Table in Twentieth-Century Argentina

Rebekah E. Pite

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter starts with a recipe for Empanadas de Carne con Hojaldre Rápida (Beef Empanadas with a Quick Dough). In the mid-1960s, Petrona Carrizo de Gandulfo presented this recipe which is for meat-filled empanadas on the television program Buenas Tardes, Mucho Gusto. During this time Doña Petrona, conscious of changing circumstances, adapted this recipe to the current economic climate. How would Doña Petrona, who had come to represent the ideal of middle-class domesticity so dominant in 1940s and 1950s Argentina, fare in the 1960s with the emergence of a new, less exclusively domestic model of womanhood? And how would Argentines react to her treatment of her assistant Juanita on television during a decade when many were now more aware of class-based inequalities? Doña Petrona's approach and Argentines' reactions to it reveal that many would make important adjustments to patterns of consumption and domesticity while preserving the idea that female homemakers (or their hired help) should continue to be responsible for cooking and other domestic tasks.

Keywords:   beef empanadas, economic climate, middle-class domesticity, womanhood, consumption, cooking, Juanita, television

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