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Food and Cooking in Victorian England: A History

(Victorian Life and Times)

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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 dinin ...more
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Praeger
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Leah
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book (by Andrea Broomfield, 2007), while not on the summer reading list (which I’m still slogging through, thank you very much), was a fortuitous find in the university library. I was browsing through the cookbook section one day (this is what I do on my breaks) and my eye fell on this book. I figured it would be a sort of sensationalized look at all the weird stuff that people in England used to eat (Spotted Dick! Toad-in-the-Hole!), so I picked it up.

After the first few pages, though, I w
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Kelly
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book, I had not been aware of what it had truly been like during the Victorian time period. It has often been glamorized, and this book showed that the Victorian time period was often far less than the glamorous persona that surrounds it. It was very informative and I would read a bit here and there as it was more of a history book and provided much information that could be overwhelming if read like a book of fiction. I enjoyed bookmarking pages and sharing bits with ...more
Lauren
Apr 21, 2015 rated it liked it
This book will be very boring to somebody who is not already interested in the Victorians. As I AM interested, even invested, in the Victorians, it was only fairly boring.

This book contained some fun quirks and facts, and certainly deepened my interest in culinary history, but the writing wasn't particularly captivating. The book could have been punched up by more anecdotal stories, and a more lively narrator. Otherwise enjoyable.
Emily
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This was a fascinating history of cooking and foodways in Victorian England. I feel like I learned a lot about how Victorian cookery came to be what it was and also how Victorian cookery influenced cooking in the twentieth century. So many things came into being in the nineteenth century that we still have (like canned goods, and many brand names).
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