Food and Cooking in Victorian England: A History

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - Cooking - 201 pages

Nine recipes serve as entry points for detailing the history of food production, cooking, and diet throughout Queen Victoria's reign in England. More than that, however, Broomfield offers an introduction to the world of everyday dining, food preparation, and nutrition during one of the most interesting periods of English history. Food procurement, kitchen duties, and dining conventions were almost always dictated by one's socioeconomic status and one's gender, but questions still remain. Who was most likely to dine out? Who was most likely to be in charge of the family flatware and fine china? Who washed the dishes? Who could afford a fine piece of meat once a week, once a month, or never? How much did one's profession dictate which meal times were observed and when? All these questions and more are answered in this illuminating history of food and cooking in Victorian England.

 

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A title in the "Victorian Life and Times" series, this is a well-written and well-researched examination of the role of food and food preparation in England at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution ... Read full review

Contents

The Industrial Roots of Victorian Cooking
1
Much Depends on Toast Making and Serving Breakfast in the Victorian MiddleClass Home
21
Luncheon or Dinner? The Victorian Midday Meal
39
An Invention or Comparatively Recent Date Afternoon Tea
56
The Chief Meal of the Day The Victorian WorkingClass Tea
76
The Effects or Industrial and Technological Innovation on Dinner Ó la Franšaise 18301870
98
The Multiple Meanings and Purposes of Dinner Ó la Russe 18801900
120
The Holidays Celebrations and Other Festivities
146
Victorian Recipes
163
Notes
171
Glossary of Cooking Terms
181
Bibliography
185
Index
191
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About the author (2007)

Andrea Broomfield is Associate Professor of English at Johnson County Community College. She is co-editor of Prose by Victorian Women: An Anthology and has published several book chapters and journal articles.

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