Food and other household consumables such as cleaning products and fuel have been neglected in the history of consumption. The Le Strange accounts include kitchen accounts which record the food acquired and consumed on a week-by-week basis. This chapter uses the kitchen accounts to reconstruct the normal diet of the household, before moving on to examine the meanings of food through seasonal variations, comparisons with cookery-book recipes, and the differences between the food eaten by the gentry and their servants. Medicines had much in common with food, falling within women’s sphere in the first instance. But medical care also relied on male specialists and printed literature. Finally the provision of lighting, fuel and cleaning products is examined.
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