Gendering mole: masculinity and transnational cooking

Jennifer Schiff Berg

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In this personal essay based on ethnographic participant observation and interviews, I explore the gendered food relationships in one predominately female rural Mexican village juxtaposed against men from that same region cooking in New York City restaurants. As cooks in a French-inspired Manhattan restaurant, Mexican men with seemingly little cooking practice and perhaps knowledge become immersed in professional kitchens. Using mole preparation as a case study, I explore how cooking in differing situations provides a new framework to reconsider traditional modes of masculinity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)654-663
Number of pages10
JournalFood, Culture and Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 20 2018


  • Gender
  • cooking
  • immigration
  • masculinity
  • mole
  • restaurant work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies


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