Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America / Edition 1

Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America / Edition 1

by Susan Williams
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 period when Americans were facing significant changes on a variety of fronts - social, cultural, intellectual, technological, and demographic. Focusing on the rapidly expanding middle class, Williams not only examines mealtime rituals, but she looks at the material culture of Victorian dining: the furniture, the furnishings, and the growing array of accouterments - from asparagus tongs to sardine servers and lace doilies - that supported genteel expectations for tableside behavior. She also explores changing ideas about meals - how they fit into the daily schedule and what kinds of food and drink came to characterize specific meals and menus. 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870499128
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,411,438
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 9.11(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1Proper and Prosperous: The Victorian Middle Class1
2The Mandates of Manners: Etiquette of the Table15
3The Altar of Gastronomy: Dining Rooms and Their Furnishings49
4The Bountiful Pantry: Fashions in Food and Drink91
5Front Soup Tureen to Pudding Dish141
Breakfast158
Lunch164
Dinner168
Tea185
Supper191
Holidays and Special Occasions196
Table of Weights and Measures205
Beverages206
Breakfast Cakes, Muffins, Tea Cakes, and Bread212
Breakfast Cereals and Porridges218
Eggs and Egg Dishes220
Soups224
Fish229
Removes: Meat, Game, and Poultry236
Entrees243
Vegetables251
Salads257
Provisions for Picnics261
Kickshaws, Pickles and Relishes263
Fruit and Preserves272
Desserts280
Treats296
Notes301
Bibliography315
Picture Credits and Descriptions321
Index327

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