Food Was Her Country

The Memoir of a Queer Daughter

Marusya Bociurkiw

At turns tender, dark and funny, Food Was Her Country tracks a tempestuous mother-daughter relationship and the life-long culinary journey that leads them from estrangement to common ground. For Bociurkiw’s mother, born in Soviet Ukraine and raised in an Alberta convent school, food was the only language her proto-foodie daughter could understand. From humorous accounts of an obsessive teenager in the 70s who creates a year’s worth of extravagant Sunday desserts for her family, to a dangerous mother-daughter road trip in search of lunch, these linked vignettes ponder the ways in which relationships can rupture and reconcile, evoking healing new beginnings and fresh ways of tasting the world.

Marusya Bociurkiw’s Comfort Food for Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Girl was a food writing phenomenon: the world’s first queer food memoir. With this long-awaited follow-up, Bociurkiw reflects on how memoir records, invents, and re-imagines, to the ire and bemusement of family members. She draws upon a queer archive of art, protest and relationship drama, stories from her popular food blog “Recipes for Trouble,” as well as social histories of food, to offer an eclectic and exciting literary meal.