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The Birth of the English Kitchen, 1600-1850 - Cultures of Early Modern Europe (Paperback)
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The Birth of the English Kitchen, 1600-1850 - Cultures of Early Modern Europe (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 28/12/2017
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Tracing the emergence of the domestic kitchen from the 17th to the middle of the 19th century, Sara Pennell explores how the English kitchen became a space of specialised activity, sociability and strife. Drawing upon texts, images, surviving structures and objects, The Birth of the English Kitchen, 1600-1850 opens up the early modern English kitchen as an important historical site in the construction of domestic relations between husband and wife, masters, mistresses and servants and householders and outsiders; and as a crucial resource in contemporary heritage landscapes.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781350056183
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 386 g


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A deeply impressive, immersive and multifaceted account. The study links production, consumption, technology, gender and social structure, the history of science, religion and the magical in creative, unexpected and suggestive ways. The author can justly claim to have definitively put the overlooked kitchen on the scholarly map. It is the ultimate historical sociology of the early modern kitchen. * Amanda Vickery, Queen Mary, University of London, UK *
This in-depth history of the early modern English kitchen is long overdue. Historian Pennell (Univ. of Greenwich, UK) analyzes past histories of the kitchen and their weaknesses, then provides a definitive yet nuanced, multifaceted, technical/social/religious/material/spatial/gender history of the kitchen up to 1850. ... Pennell establishes the absolute importance of the kitchen to any household, whether elite or plebeian. The final chapter, "The Kitchen Displayed," examines the kitchen in historic houses today, suggesting ways to rethink those spaces and interconnect various disciplines that touch on the role of the kitchen--"the sensory realm of the pre-modern kitchen should not just be left to baking smells."... A welcome addition for public historians and early modern English historians, as well as those merely interested in kitchens. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. * CHOICE *

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