Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Vol 41, No 4 (2012)

Historical Cookbooks in the Study of American Religion

Emily Bailey
Issued Date: 3 Dec 2012

Abstract


This study examines late Victorian era Protestant church community cookbooks as moral and cultural guides written by women for women (gendered texts), and examines the domestic roles and Christian practices of women in the years before and after the turn of the twentieth century. For this project I used a sample of eleven Protestant community cookbooks published from 1881 to 1913 to serve as case studies, illuminating the late Victorian period through the words and recipes of the women who wrote them. As domestic guides, the cookbooks employ paratexts, presenting recipes for food and life in broader terms. Artwork and advertisements from the texts offer additional information about the connections between gender, domesticity and religion during the era.

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DOI: 10.1558/bsor.v41i4.24

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