Invention of the Modern Cookbook (Hardcover)

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Invention of the Modern Cookbook (Hardcover)


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This eye-opening history will change the way you read a cookbook or regard a TV chef, making cooking ventures vastly more interesting--and a lot more fun.

Every kitchen has at least one well-worn cookbook, but just how did they come to be? Invention of the Modern Cookbook is the first study to examine that question, discussing the roots of these collections in 17th-century England and illuminating the cookbook's role as it has evolved over time.

Readers will discover that cookbooks were the product of careful invention by highly skilled chefs and profit-minded publishers who designed them for maximum audience appeal, responding to a changing readership and cultural conditions and utilizing innovative marketing and promotion techniques still practiced today. They will see how cookbooks helped women adjust to the changes of the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution by educating them on a range of subjects from etiquette to dealing with household servants. And they will learn how the books themselves became "modern," taking on the characteristics we now take for granted.
Sandra Sherman, PhD, is a food historian, attorney, and assistant director at the Intellectual Property Law Institute, Fordham University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781598844863
ISBN-10: 1598844865
Publisher: Greenwood
Publication Date: April 15th, 2010
Pages: 304
Language: English