Morality and servants of Empire: a look at the colonial kitchen and the role of servants in India, Malaysia, and Singapore, 1858-1963
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Foodways is one way of looking at the discourses of race and domesticity in the context of colonialism. It examines themost personal and intimate of colonial relationships, that of the physical nurturing of colonizers by the colonized. Specifically, cookbooks of the Victorian and Anglo-Indian era portrayed colonial attitudes towards servants. Thse publications perpetuated the myth that native servants were unworthy and sought to teach colonists how to behave toward servants in order to uphold the ideals of Empire. Armies of domestic servants procured, cooked, and served colonizers in the colonial household and in the recreational faciliities of the hill stations, clubs, and hotels. And yet for all their efforts, domestic servants i ncolonial India, Malaysia, and Singapore were seen as dirty and untrustworthy.