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Author Goodman, Ruth, 1963- author.

Title The domestic revolution : how the introduction of coal into Victorian homes changed everything / Ruth Goodman.

Edition First American edition.
Publication Info. New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2020.
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  640 GOO    AVAILABLE
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Description xxi, 330 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 310-321) and index.
Summary ""The queen of living history" (Lucy Worsley) returns with an immersive account of how English women sparked a worldwide revolution-from their own kitchens. No single invention epitomizes the Victorian era more than the black cast-iron range. Aware that the twenty-first-century has reduced it to a quaint relic, Ruth Goodman was determined to prove that the hot coal stove provided so much more than morning tea : it might even have kick-started the Industrial Revolution. Wielding the wit and passion seen in How to Be a Victorian, Goodman traces the tectonic shift from wood to coal in the mid-sixteenth century-from sooty trials and errors during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to the totally smog-clouded reign of Queen Victoria. A pattern of innovation emerges as the women stoking these fires also stoked new global industries : from better soap to clean smudges to new ingredients for cooking. Laced with uproarious anecdotes of Goodman's own experience managing a coal-fired household, this fascinating book shines a hot light on the power of domestic necessity"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Home economics -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Stoves, Coal -- History -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Social change -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Cooking, British -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 9781631497636 (hardcover)
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