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REVIEW ´ Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America Ø 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 eatMeals 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. Really interesting I liked the way the book was set up by meal and the recipe section in the back was fascinating I haven't decided which recipes I want to try but I'm definitely going to have to make at least one

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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. 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 the title she concentrates on the kitchen and dining room with short excursions into the garden for tea and into city restaurants for special occasions explaining where customs like placemats originated detailing the astonishing amount of china and silverware thought necessary in a proper middle class home and analyzing the evolution of table manners over a period of three generations Period illustrations are plentiful as are uotations from 19th century sources the bibliography runs to six pages and menus from the social pages of the newspapers There’s also a lengthy collection of recipes of the time If you want to pick up on what William Dean Howells was really talking about read this book

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Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts Dining in Victorian AmericaSavory 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. 2019 11 – Savory Suppers And Fashionable Feasts Dining in Victorian America Susan Williams Author 1985 335 Pages This book has been on my “to read” stack for about two years I had picked it up off the library free shelf and then it sat So in November I picked it up because my book stack had gotten to tall This book turned out to be much better than I expected I am fairly certain aspects of it will be included in house tours at Historic Waynesborough I have already highlighted many passages and am no in the process of fact checking the statements and data to ascertain and confirm its truthfulness Yes this book has recipes and historic menu plans And not just from the affluent but from all class spectrums as well as from boarding houses restaurants and camps But this book is much than menus and recipes It uses the biological necessity of sustenance to explore both a time period and the lives and choices of people in that time period The time period is a period of rapid changes as the Industrial Revolution ushers in changes in affordability geographic and social mobility with reactions against this changes in gender roles and changing notions about family and food itself The book delves into the material culture of eating architecture of dining rooms their design furnishing and how they are used Changes in the way meals are served and what is served with attention paid to implements of dining The morality ideology and changes of a whole country through what how where and when they ate