From Duty to Pleasure: The Domestic Gastronomy of Elizabeth David

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Citation

gaiacloutier, “From Duty to Pleasure: The Domestic Gastronomy of Elizabeth David,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed November 14, 2019, https://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/352.

Title

From Duty to Pleasure: The Domestic Gastronomy of Elizabeth David

Creator

Cloutier, Gaia

Date

2019

Description

In this thesis I examine how the ideals and expectations found in British cookbooks from World War II and the 1950s reflected, reinforced, or disrupted a particular construct of white middle-class British womanhood. I argue that the work of food writer Elizabeth David marks a shift in the relationships between cookbooks, domesticity, and gender. During this period, the majority of British cookbooks offered women straightforward instructions for cooking and emphasized cooking as part of a mother’s duty to her family and the nation. This emphasis supported a fundamentally conservative ideal of British womanhood. In contrast, David’s work combined domestic advice with gastronomy, a traditionally male genre of literary food writing. She emphasized the sensual experience of food and encouraged readers to find pleasure in food and cooking. By combining domesticity and gastronomy, David provided British women with a new framework for understanding their relationship with cooking, one which allowed women to center themselves and to actively seek pleasure and fulfillment through their domestic responsibilities.

Subject

Food history
Cookbooks
Elizabeth David
Women's history

Publisher

Simmons University (Boston, Mass.)

Format

1 PDF (73 Pages)

Language

English

Type

Masters Theses

Potential Collection

Dual History and Archives Management