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Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America
Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts offers a delightfully flavorful tour of dining in America during the second half of the nineteenth century. Susan Williams investigates the manners and morals of that era by looking at its eating customs and cooking methods. As she reveals, genteel dining became an increasingly important means of achieving social stability during a per ...more
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published November 12th 1985 by Pantheon
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I have a longstanding interest in what might be called “domestic social history” of the 19th century -- how American and British households operated, what they ate and how, what were considered good manners, clothing customs, the functioning of the “servant class,” and all of that. The author of this excellent work is Curator of Household Accessories and Tablewares at the Strong Museum in Rochester, one of the leading Victoriana museums in this country, and she certainly knows her subject. Per t ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Cookbook Maven rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Home & professional cooks, cookbook collectors, antique collectors, history buffs, Victoriana fans
Fascinating! Lots of interesting historical information about food, social and dining etiquette, dining room furnishings, table wares and their use. It touched on the elaborate American silverplated wares, English porcelains and transfer-printed pottery - great information for collectors, as it talks about their cost, use and role in the household dining scheme. Williams tells us, for example, that hand-painted French porcelains were the most expensive/desirable and could cost hundreds per servi ...more
Feb 07, 2012 Jenna rated it really liked it
While there are many Victorian cookbooks out there nowadays, this one excels in not only providing recipes but in really contextualizing the atmosphere in which the Victorian Americans consumed their food.