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The Victorian Kitchen Paperback – October, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Pubns (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563362812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563362814
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

If you've ever wondered how downstairs provided upstairs with all of those elaborate meals, wonder no more. Davies, a BBC producer, has written a meticulously detailed work about the nerve center of the Victorian home--the kitchen. Be warned: this is not a cookbook so much as book about cooking, although some recipes are included. The author explains how the kitchen functioned in an era when industry was expanding but stoves still had to be lit by hand at six o'clock in the morning. Chapters examine the relationship between mistress and servants, the social hierarchy of the kitchen and the sometimes Dickensian conditions under which kitchen maids and cooks had to work to yield the expected bounty. The book is filled with period illustrations and photos from the BBC series of the same name, and includes vivid anecdotes from veterans of Victorian staffs. The few recipes featured are drawn straight from Victorian sources. They have been modernized, but read carefully before trying them. If you do attempt them,, you'll produce a reasonable facsimile of a Victorian dinner--typically, with mulligatawny soup, boiled leg of mutton, potato snow and treacle pudding. Still, after you've made all of these things by hand, you may want to give your microwave a hug.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Jennifer Owen-Davies writes YA and adult romance. Her first YA romantic fantasy The Promise:Children of Annwn is the first in a trilogy about Mia Leronde and Ryder Blackwood who are from the mythological realm of Annwn where falling in love comes with a price.

As a teenager, she loved romance and read stories, by Dame Barbara Cartland. After reading her books, she fell in love with the certainty of the happy ever after stories she created. Her reading tastes have grown since then and vary from Nora Roberts, Catherine Cookson and Jane Austen to Jodi Picoult, Deborah Harkness, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, P.D.James, and many more including non-fiction.

She developed a thirst for writing rather late in life, but is ever thankful that she made such a fulfilling discovery.

Jennifer Davies has been married for eighteen years to her best friend, and the keeper of all her secrets. Mr. D encourages her to keep reaching for the stars. They have active family life with four mostly happy and healthy boys each with very different personalities. Her oldest son lives in Wales and works in the communication industry. In his spare-time, he acts in workshops at a local theater. Her "teens" are in high-school and the greatest challenge is balancing their social and academic lives. Whilst, her youngest is in elementary school, and he loves swimming, basketball, and Minecraft.

Jennifer Davies and her husband are originally from Cardiff in Wales, but they now live on the East Coast of America with their family and three cats.
http://www.jenniferowendavies.com/
http://welshjensblog.blogspot.com

Life can't ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death - fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, and constant." ~Edna Ferber


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura on December 12, 2012
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I discovered the series on YouTube last month. I'm already a history nut but to have Ruth just explain the way the things were and watching how these grand ol' kitchens were run is fascinating. The book is well put together and beautifully augments the series rather than just repeating what was said on the show. For food historians, historians, tv documentary fans....please read the book :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linnie on March 15, 2013
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Well-written, with plenty of interesting details. The book is excellent for people who are interested in culinary history. Pictures are good; the technical details help one understand what it was like to cook in the Victorian age.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sei Shonagon on December 8, 2012
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This book is packed with information about Victorian kitchens, and the lives of the people who worked in them. Lots of pictures, and recipes to boot. The information can sometimes seem a little brief, but the book is an excellent starting point for more in-depth research. (For example, the book names many period cookbooks, many of which can be found on Amazon Kindle for free.) I recommend this book to anyone interested in culinary history or Victorian domestic arts!
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