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By Alan Warde

Consuming Out is an engaging examine of the intake of foodstuff outdoors the house. via surveys and in depth interviews conducted in England within the Nineteen Nineties, the authors have gathered a wealth of knowledge into people's attitudes towards, and expectancies of, consuming out as a sort of leisure and an expression of flavor and standing. This e-book may be a precious source to teachers, complicated scholars and practitioners within the sociology of intake, cultural reports, tourism and hospitality, domestic economics, advertising and to the overall reader.

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Thus Medlik (1972) offers an account of the development of the market for the catering industries which is almost entirely dependent upon the expansion of travel. Increased frequency and intensity of travel is the primary cause of the expansion of commercial facilities for eating out. There was a network of inns, offering entertainment and accommodation, in England at least as far back as the fifteenth century, and there travellers ate. According to Heal (1990: 203) England had an international reputation for its entertainments, and its banquets in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, which were available for travellers who thus no longer were forced to rely on hospitality in private households or monasteries.

Restaurant’ suggests something elaborate and formal, ‘dining room’ is redolent of domestic arrangements, ‘café’ brings to mind something informal and so on. This presents us with some problems of nomenclature, what to call the places where people eat out without prejudging either the type of setting or the occasion. For want of more mellifluous terms we use ‘eating out place’, ‘setting’ or ‘venue’, and sometimes ‘establishment’ – the last only when referring to commercial places. The nuances of the terminology applied to eating out places give some insight into the history and development of the catering industries in Britain.

People say they like going out to eat, and they expect to derive pleasure from it. This is not to say that eating away from home out of necessity has declined, probably the opposite. But the habit of eating out for pleasure has spread to a large proportion of the population. The commercial mode In considering market sector provision it is unclear how best to classify outlets, a necessary precondition for estimating the rate of development and differentiation of the catering industry. Industry statistics are not comparable over time.

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