Food, Dining, and General Housekeeping

Characters have to eat, right? Although food should never be the scene’s focus, it can provide wonderful touches of worldbuilding. A Victorian character who’s eating a hot dog sounds a discordant note that yanks the reader out of the story. While that’s an extreme example, most of us want our characters to eat food that would have been available to them. If you’ve ever seen the film Tom Jones, you know what other dimensions food can add to a scene.

The Art of Dining: A History of Cooking and Dining

Posted Dec 8 2009

by Sara Paston-Williams The National Trust, 1993 This is a wonderful, comprehensive, lavishly illustrated study of food in Britain from the medieval period to the Edwardian era.  Paston-Williams addresses available foods, beverages, dishware, cooking methods, dining customs and etiquette, and kitchens as they appear relevant to the particular period and includes selected recipes.