A History of Cookbooks: From Kitchen to Page Over Seven Centuries

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Univ of California Press, Sep 5, 2017 - Cooking - 384 pages
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A History of Cookbooks provides a sweeping literary and historical overview of the cookbook genre, exploring its development as a part of food culture beginning in the Late Middle Ages. Studying cookbooks from various Western cultures and languages, Henry Notaker traces the transformation of recipes from brief notes with ingredients into detailed recipes with a specific structure, grammar, and vocabulary. In addition, he reveals that cookbooks go far beyond offering recipes: they tell us a great deal about nutrition, morals, manners, history, and menus while often providing entertaining reflections and commentaries. This innovative book demonstrates that cookbooks represent an interesting and important branch of nonfiction literature.
 

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Contents

A Rendezvous
3
The Cook
7
Writer and Author
28
part two the text and its form
47
The Origin and Early Development of Modern Cookbooks
49
Diffusion Translation and Plagiarism
65
Organizing the Cookbook
81
Naming the Recipes
98
Health and Medicine in Cookbooks
201
Recipes for Fat Days and Lean Days
213
Vegetarian Cookbooks
223
Jewish Cookbooks
233
Cookbooks and Aspects of Nationalism
245
Decoration Illusion and Entertainment
264
Taste and Pleasure
277
Gender in Cookbooks and Household Books
288

Pedagogical and Didactic Approaches
112
Paratexts in Cookbooks
130
The Recipe Form
144
The Cookbook Genre
164
part three the text and its world
185
Cookbooks and the Future
299
References
353
Index
375
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Henry Notaker is a literary historian who taught courses in food culture and history for over a decade. He was a foreign correspondent for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and a TV host of arts and letters shows and documentaries. He is the author of numerous books and articles on European and Latin American contemporary history, food history, and culinary literature.

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