The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective is a nonprofit, public interest organization that promotes accurate and evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s health and sexuality. Their seminal volume on women’s health, sexuality and sexual identity, Our Bodies, Ourselves, was first published in 1970, and has since been translated into 26 languages around the world, as well as published in braille. The book was the first of its kind, a text on women’s health written by women, for women. The most recent edition, published in 2011, includes information as well as personal essays about gender identity, sexual orientation, birth control, abortion, pregnancy and birth, perimenopause & menopause, sexuality and sexual health.
In Betty Goes Vegan, Annie and Dan Shannon have set an admirable goal for themselves and their readers: to create a vegan cookbook full of recipes inspired by the 1950s edition of Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book. Betty Crocker, who was created in 1921 by all-male staff of Gold Medal Flour, has come to represent the all-American wife and mother: a woman who could cook any dish impeccably, with a smile on her face. Maybe it’s a smile of pride for caring for her family; maybe it’s gratitude for her lithium prescription. Yes, Betty Crocker is dated—a white, heteronormative, middle class token of America—but she was the gold standard for cooking and homemaking for many women for decades.