Between the mid 17th century and the beginning of the French Revolution, the art of fine dining in Europe changed beyond recognition. With early cookbooks, gardening manuals that reveal advances in horticulture, and serving dishes of all kinds, this exhibition considers how these developments continue to influence our eating habits today. Find out more from the Wadsworth Atheneum’s website.
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Carp tureen and stand (c. 1755), England, Chelsea. Photo: Michele Beiny/Richard Goodbody; courtesy Michele Beiny
Still Life with Ray, Chicken, and Basket of Onions (c. 1732), Jean-Siméon Chardin. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Boy and girl shelling peas (c. 1759–70), England, Chelsea. Photo: © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Frontispiece of The Modern Cook by Vincent La Chapelle, printed in London in 1744. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid