"The Present Time is Eminently Scientific": The Science of Cookery in Nineteenth-Century Britain

@article{Lieffers2012ThePT,
  title={"The Present Time is Eminently Scientific": The Science of Cookery in Nineteenth-Century Britain},
  author={Caroline Lieffers},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  year={2012},
  volume={45},
  pages={936 - 959}
}
  • Caroline Lieffers
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Social History
  • This article examines the epistemology of cookery among the middle classes in nineteenth-century Britain. Quantification, schematization, and the scientific evaluation of food and its preparation were increasingly emphasized in prescriptive cookery books and housekeeping literature. These trends are evident to some extent in manuscript cookbooks, as well. Cookery was influenced by a rise in chemists' and physicians' professional authority, and science also suggested solutions to the period's… CONTINUE READING
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