Kitchens : The New Zealand Kitchen in the 20th Century

ISBN: 9781877578373

Author: Helen Leach    Publisher: Otago University Press

‘You could say that the 1930s saw the highpoint of Macaroni Cheese.’

‘New Zealand kitchens of the late twentieth century became increasingly spacious, as the average number of household members declined.’

This engrossing history of the domestic kitchen covers 10 decades that saw our culinary

traditions accommodate extraordinary changes in technology and the irresistible process of globalisation. Each chapter surveys the external influences on households and their kitchens, samples the dishes prepared during the decade, and discusses the structure of meals. A study of kitchen equipment and design then closes each chapter, cumulatively revealing more innovation in these aspects than in what we ate.

Kitchens is the culmination of a 10-year research and writing project by anthropologist

Helen Leach, supported by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand, focusing on the material culture of cooking by New Zealanders living in the past two centuries. The project has led to the publication of From Kai to Kiwi Kitchen (2010), The Pavlova Story (with Mary Browne, 2008), The Twelve Cakes of Christmas (with Mary Browne and Raelene Inglis, 2011) and this book.

Bind: hardback

Pages: 264

Dimensions: 215 x 285 mm

Publication Date: 20-11-2014

Availability Date: 20-11-2014

Tags: History   New Zealand

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