This book belongs in a cannon of food studies. The testimonials in this book are inspiring and will capture the reader. It transported me into the world of the author in a way that I can’t remember another author doing.
When we think of digging, we usually associate the activity with men. but to think that there are some women who farm harder than men can stretch our imaginations. yet, there are. And I also learned so much as well.
For instance, I had no idea that over the past decades, hundreds of thousands of women, many of them from Mexico and Central America, have risked their lives to cross the border into the United States. Today, undocumented female farm workers continue to face high risks working in the vineyards, orchards, and fields: they are often subject to gender-based discriminations, harassment, and even sexual abuse from supervisors and coworkers. Local organizations in California are working to help women speak out and seek justice.
These migrant female farm workers in Sonoma Country, California strive to meet with their native roots through traditional foods. This helps the women remember their roots and where they came from. The food that they prepare is a comfort them in times of difficulty.
I found the book sad and eye-opening at the same time. I wish that migrants would have an earlier life. I had no idea that some migrants are women who come to a new land with children in tow. This is so courageous and sad at the same time. Women and their kids are uprooted from everything that they know and from family members as well. This just gives me one more thing to be appreciative for this Thanksgiving time.