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Jane Austen and Food review ã E-book, or Kindle E-pub í What was the significance of the pyramid of fruit which confronted Elizabeth Bennet at Pemberley Or of the cold beef eaten by Willoughby on his journey of repentance to see Marianne Why is it so appropriate that the scene of Emma's disgrace should be a picnic and how do thFor the interdependence of a communityIn this original lively and well researched book Maggie Lane not only offers a fresh perspective on the novels but illuminates a fascinating period of food history as England stood on the brink of urbanisation middle class luxury and change in the role of women Ranging over topics from greed and gender to mealtimes and manners and drawing on the novels letters and Austen family papers she also discusses Jane Austen's own ambivalent attitude to the provision and enjoyment of foo. Over the years there have been a glut of 'Jane Austen and' books She just far enough away for us to need some explanation of some of the things that her contemporary readers wouldn't have thought twice about and this is one of the things that this book does very well Confused about service a la Francaise or a la Russe Think the French Bread at Northanger is like a modern French Stick or not sure why Mrs Grant's Turkey wouldn't keep until Sunday this book will certainly help you thereOf course it goes a little deeper than that Only on occasion are we given reference to very specific foodstuffs so when we do you can bet there is some greater significance to it There is also the significance of female characters as 'housekeeper' and what this says about them Mrs Jennings may at times be a comic character and have lower social origins but sh is a good housekeeper in contrast to Mrs Price who really doesn't know what she is aboutI read this on Kindle and there could have been a little in terms of proof reading The book itself ends at about 80% in due to index bibliography and an extract from another book I mention it as it came sooner than I expected

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What was the significance of the pyramid of fruit which confronted Elizabeth Bennet at Pemberley Or of the cold beef eaten by Willoughby on his journey of repentance to see Marianne Why is it so appropriate that the scene of Emma's disgrace should be a picnic and how do the different styles of housekeeping in Mansfield Park engage with the social issues of the dayWhile Jane Austen does not luxuriate in cataloguing meals in the way of Victorian novelists food in fact plays a vital part in her novels Her plots being d. The first three chapters of this book were interesting and informative because they focussed on the realities of Austen's time and place and life and the part played by food therein There is also an historical overview of dishes forms of preparation etc that explains many terms that might otherwise sail straight over the modern reader's head such as the white soup Back in the day when the Republic of Pemberley website was launched there was still debate as to what that meant However from Chapter 4 titled Greed and Gender Lane started to lose me when her personal agendas became evident To hear her tell it greed is an essentially masculine trait and it is that which makes Austen's female characters who are economically or physically greedy unfeminine not to mention unattractive Lane places all the male characters in the least appealing light making even poor Edmund seem selfish and oblivious And let's not forget the repeated use of that second millenium buzzword patriarchy On the one hand proper women don't think about food or talk about it and Austen supposedly disapproves of those who do; on the other she supposedly larded her books with intensive food related symbolism in some sort of active attempt to test and train her charactersFrom that point on the style is increasingly dry diffuse and repetitive often repeating passages nearly word for word and than once I don't know if Lane was consciously trying to imitate 18th century literary style though certainly not Austen's or if she just writes in that pompous manner naturally The farther the book goes the convoluted and elliptical the sentences get I got the growing feeling I was reading someone's dissertation or one of those publish or perish tomes so beloved of academia Lane's insistence that Austen consciously incorporated the emphasis and symbolism of food into her work is redolent of university literature courses which define and trace leitmotifs that the original authors were unaware of as if the authors had consciously sat down to write to a hidden agenda This is particulary evident in the emphasis on food in Emma; not content with giving an entire chapter to this idea it permeates the text to an exhausting degree However the academic style does not extend to decent proofreading; we are told that Austen was at tune with an idea instead of being attuned to it as she would be in EnglishAs an avid cook myself I had hoped to find a few recipes for some of the obscure dishes mentioned in Austen's books but this is not the resource for that As far as I can remember there are only two real reciepts cited and they are in the first three chapters of the book For hardline Austen fans and university students only

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Jane Austen and FoodOmestic are deeply imbued with the rituals of giving and sharing meals The attitudes of her characters to eating to housekeeping and to hospitality are important indicators of their moral worth In a practice both economical and poetic Jane Austen sometimes uses specific foodstuffs to symbolise certain ualities at heightened moments in the text This culminates in the artistic triumph of Emma in which repeated references to food not only contribute to the solidity of her imagined world but provide an extended metaphor. Excellent