Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America

Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America

by Susan Williams
     
 
This book 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. Complementing Williams's analysis and descriptions is a lavish array of illustrations, as well as a rich sampling of recipes from the

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This book 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. Complementing Williams's analysis and descriptions is a lavish array of illustrations, as well as a rich sampling of recipes from the diaries and cookbooks of the era. The result is at once an informative look at life in Victorian America and a sumptuous celebration of a key moment in the country's culinary experience.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This lively and informative volume gives a good general picture of the eat ing patterns of the middle and upper classes in late 19th-century America. Separate chapters are devoted to ``The Victorian Middle Class,'' ``Etiquette of the Table,'' ``Dining Rooms and Their Furnishings,'' and ``Fashions in Food and Drink.'' The book concludes with a discussion of typical menus and a selec tion of period recipes. The final copy apparently will contain numerous black-and-white photographs and line drawings, although this reviewer has not seen them. With its many choice quotations and entertaining anecdotes, this well-written book should appeal to a wide audience. Highly recommend ed. Joyce S. Toomre, Russian Re search Ctr., Harvard Univ.
Booknews
Williams (history, Fitchburg State College) investigates Victorian eating customs, cooking methods, and foodstuffs, revealing how genteel dining became an increasingly important means of achieving social stability, particularly for the middle class, during a period when Americans were faced with significant changes. Includes numerous recipes, b&w photographs, and drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394545714
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1985
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
352

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