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A history of cookbooks : from kitchen to page over seven centuries /
Henry Notaker.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2017
xiv, 384 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
0520294009, 9780520294004
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Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2017
contents note
Prologue: a rendez-vous -- The cook -- Writer and author -- Origin and early development of modern cookbooks -- Printed cookbooks: diffusion, translation, and plagiarism -- Organizing the cookbook -- Naming the recipes -- Pedagogical and didactic aspects -- Paratexts in cookbooks -- The recipe form -- The cookbook genre -- Cookbooks for rich and poor -- Health and medicine in cookbooks -- Recipes for fat and lean days -- Vegetarian cookbooks -- Jewish cookbooks -- Cookbooks and aspects of nationalism -- Decoration, illusion, and entertainment -- Taste and pleasure -- Gender in cookbooks and household books -- Epilogue: cookbooks and the future.
local note
Victoria University Library copy donated in honour of Mary Rowell Jackman, Professor of Humanities by Professor Anne Urbancic.
"A History of Cookbooks provides a literary and historical overview of the cookbook genre, exploring its development as an important part of food culture beginning in the Late Middle Ages. Studying cookbooks from various Western cultures and languages, Henry Notaker traces the transformation of recipes from brief notes with ingredients into detailed recipes with a specific structure, grammar, and vocabulary. In addition, he reveals that cookbooks go far beyond offering recipes: they tell us a great deal about nutrition, morals, manners, history, and menus while often providing entertaining reflections and commentaries. This innovative book demonstrates that cookbooks represent an interesting and important branch of nonfiction literature."--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
Gift to Victoria University Library. Urbancic. Anne. 2017/09/29.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Purchase; 2017; RB337456.

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