Culinary Aesthetics and Practices in Nineteenth-Century by Marie Drews, Monika Elbert

By Marie Drews, Monika Elbert

Culinary Aesthetics and Practices in Nineteenth-Century American Literature examines the preponderance of foodstuff imagery in nineteenth-century literary texts. Contributors to this quantity study the social, political, and cultural implications of scenes regarding meals and eating and illustrate how “aesthetic” notions of culinary education are frequently undercut via the particular practices of cooking and consuming. As participants interrogate the values and meanings in the back of culinary discourses, they complicate standard notions approximately American id and query the ability constitution at the back of foodstuff creation and intake.

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6 A plate placed upside-down rather than right-side up, a roast carved by a servant at a sideboard rather than by the host at table, a fork used instead of a knife—each detail has social significance. And in this new context, the quality of the food itself became more important as well. Just before the Civil War, there was a meal that food historians claim changed American eating habits. On October 12, 1860, Delmonico’s catered a spectacular dinner for the Prince of Wales’s visit to the United States.

When we compare the commensalities of our country before the Delmonico period [. ] with our condition in respect of dinner now, and think, we shall not think it extravagant to call Delmonico’s an agency of civilization. (Qtd. in Shaplen I 172) Samuel Ward, one of the early regulars, describes his own experience of this learning process: “I remember entering [. ] with something of awe [. ]. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-14 Th e Gi l de d Age R e s t au r a n t M a r k McWil l i a ms atmosphere the ear [.

He briefly considered a career among the Episcopal clergy but returned to the city in 1857 and began to pursue writing in earnest. In 1858, he was named assistant editor at the Home Journal, a magazine edited by N. P. Willis, to which he had contributed anonymously since 1849. At the same time, he assumed the position of art critic for the Evening Post. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-14 Cul ina ry A esthetics in the Country Book M a u r a D ’A m o r e from 1875 until shortly before his death in 1886, while publishing his writing in book form and continuing to write for the periodical press, he also worked as an auditor’s clerk in the New York Custom House.

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