Simone, Louisette and Julia afix their initials to the Commonwealth edition of the forward to Mastering the Art of French Cooking and thus above those signature elements can be read:
This is a book for the servantless cook who can be unconcerned on occasion with budgets, waistlines, timetables, children’s meals, or anything else which might interfere with the enjoyment of producing something wonderful to eat.
Beautifully hedged: on occasion, not always. Children’s meals, not children. Might interfere. All under the sign of unconcernedness.
And so for day 2
I wonder about the figure of the servant. What would a comparison of the figure of the servant in Victorian and Edwardian novels yield? How would students approach a comparison of Downton Abbey, a series, with Robert Altman’s Gosford Park, a stand alone movie? Maybe a quick peek at the summaries at IMDb… with the 1970s Upstairs Downstairs as a base line.