The Food Axis: Cooking, Eating, and the Architecture of American Houses

SKU: 9780813930077

By Elizabeth C. Cromley

Blending architectural and social history with the necessity – and the passion – for food, this engaging book attempts to understand the development of the American house by viewing it through one very specific lens: the food axis. Taking in far more than the kitchen, author Elizabeth C. Cromley explores all areas of food management within the home – preparation, cooking, consumption, and disposal. Her food axis implies a network of related spaces above and below ground, both attached to the house and separate from it. Studying the use and interaction of these spaces, and the ways in which their components change (often radically) over time, the author shows how these elements have helped shape the multiple forms of residential architecture in the United States, from the first settlement period to the present.

  • 280 pages; softcover
  • Published in 2011 by University of Virginia Press