• Heidi Hakimi-HoodEmail author
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Cookbooks served as more than recipe collections for nineteenth-century readers. Cookbooks formed a lucrative publishing market for upwardly mobile middle-class women tasked with managing a household. Cookbooks provided instructions for buying food, managing a household budget, caring for ill relatives, preparing meals, and hiring domestic staff. Cookbooks illuminated women’s relationships with food and domesticity and created a middle-class culinary identity impacted by new technologies, methods of transportation, and upward social mobility. Many women learned foreign and domestic foods from reading cookbooks; these works also urged British women living abroad to keep current with imperial efforts by promoting native diets and standards of domesticity. Cookbooks provided a starting point for middle-class women to learn about domestic matters in increasingly modernized environments.


Since recipes and household management advice were typically passed down...


Cookery Colonialism Gastro-cosmopolitanism Domesticity Household management Imperialism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Midwestern State UniversityWichita FallsUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Emily Morris
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  1. 1.St. Thomas More College, University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada