marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

steampunk and supper

was reading a book -- Steampunk Tea Party: Cakes & Toffees to Jams & Teas -- which was light and humorous and often of the "stick a cog on it and call it steampunk" persuasion. Knowing Victorian cookery would let someone see some of the roots. . . .

But while she mentioned that gas stoves made it feasible for households, rather than bakeries, to do pastries, she didn't get much into the tech. Which set me to pondering what steampunk food would be like.

Besides just Victorian dishes. Mind you, it was an era of vast inventions in the food arena. The can itself was older, but they invented the can opener among other wonders. And hypothesizing steampunk equivalents of later inventions would let you make more modern dishes and call 'em steampunk with a nice drawing of the equivalent to explain how it's done.

Heavily processed would probably be wise. Still needed it for the preservation and travel. And it was modern and all that. This was the era where ice was exported all over the world so cooling things would be fashionable.

Much to ponder.
Tags: genre: steampunk, world-building: food, world-building: technology

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