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Badly cooked dinners and untidy ways: A look at Victorian cookbooks

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Artist Catherine Bertola and historian Rachel Rich introduce some nineteenth-century cookery and domestic advice books and explain how this subject has influenced their research and practice.

Victorian women could access and own many cookbooks, covering all aspects of cooking. What they did with them is not always clear, as Dr Rachel Rich of Leeds Beckett University explores in this session. However, what is clear is that the authors of recipes books used them for more than to instruct about cooking.

In the case of Mrs Beeton’s famous Book of Household Management (1861), the book was a set of instruction guiding a woman’s movements through every moment of her married life. In this session, you will get to have a look inside some nineteenth-century cookbooks, and discuss their history and the part they tried to play in women’s lives.

Artist Catherine Bertola will then introduce you to her practice, and show some artworks inspired by the content of books like the ones held in the Leeds University Library Special Collections.

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