Eating with the Victorians

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If we could be transported back some two hundred years to spend a day in the eighteenth century, one of the suprises for most people would be the difference in the timing and structure of meals. Luncheon had only recently become established when Victoria came to the throne, and her reign also saw the invention of the Great British Breakfast. Tea was added to Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management in 1880. The modern timetable for meals reflects the patterns which we established in the nineteenth century, and ...
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If we could be transported back some two hundred years to spend a day in the eighteenth century, one of the suprises for most people would be the difference in the timing and structure of meals. Luncheon had only recently become established when Victoria came to the throne, and her reign also saw the invention of the Great British Breakfast. Tea was added to Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management in 1880. The modern timetable for meals reflects the patterns which we established in the nineteenth century, and the story of Victorian meals is set out in the chapters of this book. It is arranged meal by meal, throughout the day, from breakfast to supper, and offers a new and revealing look at life in Victorian Britain.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780750935517
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Foreword ix
Introduction: Meal Patterns and Food Supply in Victorian Britain xiii
1 First Things First: the Great British Breakfast 1
2 Luncheon, Nuncheon and Related Meals 32
3 Proliferating Publications: the Progress of Victorian Cookery Literature 50
4 Everything Stops for Tea 68
5 A la Francaise: the Waning of a Long Dining Tradition 86
6 A la Russe: the New Way of Dining 112
7 Supper: the Ultimate Meal 139
Notes 151
Further Reading 161
Index 163
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