Florence Petty

Ellen Ross

in Slum Travelers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249059
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940055 | DOI:
Florence Petty

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This chapter focuses on Florence Petty, who was associated with the St. Pancras School for Mothers, founded in 1907 primarily as a clinic and school for “mothercraft” for the poor population in Somers Town. Petty was one of the members of a small group of nutrition experts who criticized the way cooking was taught in schools on the grounds that the appliances and recipes used were inappropriate for working-class wives. Driven by the belief that instructors must learn how people actually cooked and ate, Petty stepped into the actual kitchens. She offered lessons to women in their own homes using fuel, pots, and ingredients they normally used. This chapter discusses Petty's “case papers” which depicted her visits and lectures at homes. Her case papers also include recipes, which made up a large section of The Pudding Lady.

Keywords: Florence Petty; mothercraft; nutrition experts; cooking; case papers; The Pudding Lady

Chapter.  2103 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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