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“Rage Baking”: Fur flies around the kitchen over which female stole which other female’s idea for comforting yourself over the 2016 election by stuffing your face with home-made cookies

February 25, 2020
Freshly baked Christmas cookies...


Hey girl–are you teed off because that impeachment thing went south? Still smarting because Brett Kavanaugh is sitting on the Supreme Court? Purple with fury because the Alabama legislature banned most abortions, and with Brett up there the ban could stick?

Most of all, do you still feel that nest of crabs clawing at your stomach lining when you think about the fact that Donald J. Trump won the 2016 election (you can’t get it off your mind) and is still in the White House no matter what you do?

You know what you need, girl, and you know you know it: a big batch of chocolate-chip cookies still warm from the oven because you baked them yourself–so you can go ahead and scarf down every single one of them!

You’ll feel as good as you felt when you downed that quart of rocky road ice cream in one sitting after your boyfriend dumped you.

Time to order yourself a copy of Rage Baking: The Transformative Power of Flour, Sugar, and Women’s Voices, which recently debuted in Amazon’s #1 slot for political advocacy. Here’s the report from Eatery:

Edited by Katherine Alford, a former vice president at Food Network, and Kathy Gunst of NPR’s Here and Now, the book features essays and recipes from women to explore how “baking can be an outlet for expressing our feelings about the current state of our society,” specifically in relation to the 2016 election….The book “encourages women to use sugar and sass as a way to defend, resist, and protest.”

And not only does a portion of the Rage Baking proceeds go to Emily’s List--the political action committee that funnels money to female  politicians (Democratic Party only!) who are all in for abortion unlimited (which should make rage bakers feel better already)–but one of the leading recipe contributors is none other than the Queen of Rage herself, Rebecca Traister. Traister’s 2018 book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, was a feminist’s rage-a-holic manifesto:

[T]he discouragement of women’s anger–via silencing, erasure, and repression–stems from the correct understanding of those in power that in the fury of women lies the power to change the world.

So if you’re feeling particularly put out by, say, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’s Feb. 24 ruling (et tu, Ninth Circuit!) upholding the Trump administration’s refusal to allow clinics that receive federal family-planning funds to share office space with abortion providers, you might want to fire up the oven for a panful of Traister’s signature zucchini-almond bread to make yourself feel a whole lot better.

But there’s a fly in every batch of Red Velvet dough–and in this case it’s Tangerine Jones, a black woman who says that she’s been operating a website since 2015 that she calls “Rage Baking” augmented by social-media postings, and she’s mad as hell that Alford and Gunster, both of whom are whiter than your grandmother’s angel-food cake, have, as she says, stolen her title and her idea. In a Feb. 14 essay in Medium, Jones let Alford and Gunst have it:

My online and real life community is international and consists of activists/community organizers, performers , creators, writers and regular folks in feminist, POC and queer circles of all shades, sizes, abilities, cultures and gender expressions. In the fall of 2015, I started posting publicly on my profile on Facebook about my Rage baking under the #ragebaking hashtag and encouraged others to join me in rage baking as a way to cope, connect and channel their fury into meaningful connection and community. I’ve been living Rage Baking as a personal practice by opening my kitchen for folks in my community to bake with me to destress or by distributing baked goods. My kitchen became a place for those in my circle to come on a particularly trying day to shut out the F**kery and the noise….

It’s been really hard to see Rage Baking whitewashed with a tinge of diversity, co-opted, monetized and my impact erased and minimized under the veneer of feminism and uplifting women’s voices.

According to the Washington Post, the initial response of Alford and Gunster to Jones’s complaint was…the same deadly silence that your great-aunt Lucy gave you when you asked for her secret recipe for her rum-soaked Christmas pudding:

The principal parties involved in this public battle — including Jones, Gunst, Alford and Tiller Press, the publisher of “Rage Baking” — initially declined to talk or respond to questions for this story.

But then–uh-oh!

{T]he authors and their publicist spoke to The Post on Thursday, Feb. 20, confirming that they were aware of Jones’s project as they were working on the book.

At this point, Emily’s List or no Emily’s List, some of Rage Baking‘s own contributors–including the iconic Traister–turned their emotional stand mixers up to high speed on Twitter:

One writer, Rebecca Traister, author of “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger,” has already said she doesn’t want her recipe or book excerpt included in future editions. “My preference would be that I have nothing to do with this book,” Traister said, “and I regret having agreed to, particularly after asking so few questions about its origins.”

Other contributors seemed to express remorse, too. “I contributed to this book and am now not too proud of that,” chef and author Preeti Mistry wrote on Twitter.

“I am intimately aware of how we, WOC [women of color], are so often uncredited or totally erased for the creativity, energy and intelligence we bring to so many industries,” Mistry added in a second tweet.

So Alford and Gunst did finally agree to an interview with the WaPo–and although they didn’t exactly apologize to Jones, much less admit to any theft of intellectual property, did say that the controversy had been a “growing experience.” They also issued this:

Late on Wednesday, Gunst, Alford and Tiller Press released a statement, saying that their project “developed authentically and organically.” They gathered “a range of voices to speak to all those who feel a sense of outrage over what is happening in our society and express their rage and their creativity through baking.” In future editions of “Rage Baking,” the authors said they will acknowledge “Tangerine Jones’ contributions around the phrase” as well as “others who have used the phrase in their online publishing and social media activity.”

“The intent has never been to claim ownership of the term ‘rage baking,’ nor to erase or diminish the work of others using the phrase. Any attempt to lay claim to the term ‘rage baking’ denies the universal pull this concept/movement has for anyone who has witnessed injustice and has channeled their outrage in the kitchen — the very reason it made for a meaningful title of the collection,” the authors and publishers wrote in the statement.

Mmm, maybe it’s time for all concerned to whip up another batch of that Traister zucchini bread while it’s still in the cookbook. Because another election is coming up that could make you reach for the mixing bowl and the bag of sugar all over again.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Deimos permalink

    Great, now not only will all the crazy leftist ugly and nasty feminists be on a sugar buzz but they also will be FAT. I don’t see a down saide.

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