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Title: Oil, lard and butter : a study into the fats used in Malta in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Authors: Zammit, Rosanne (2019)
Keywords: Malta -- History -- British occupation, 1800-1964
Oils and fats, Edible
Food -- Malta -- History
Food habits -- History -- 19th century
Food habits -- History -- 20th century
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Zammit, R. (2019). Oil, lard and butter : a study into the fats used in Malta in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (Master’s dissertation).
Abstract: This research was inspired by my love for Malta and all that is Maltese. It brings to conclusion my Master in Maltese Studies course, undertaken at the University of Malta. Being also a food lover, it seemed natural that I would concentrate on food. Following substantial debate with my tutor and a lot of reading, I decided to limit my focus to a particular (collective) item and a particular period. Since research on the use of fats in Malta appeared bleak and shrouded in perception, I decided, with the help and guidance of my tutor - Noel Buttigieg - to delve more into the use of fats under the British period. This work sets out to trace the history of the consumption of fats in Malta in the late 18th and the first half of the 19th century as it attempts to analyse developments to separate fact from fiction. It will shed light on whether, what is shrouded in perception, is based on history or if has been made up during the years, perhaps as a result of nostalgia. As it does this, it investigates whether there was a difference between the practices adapted by different sections of society when it came to the use of fats. It sets out to establish whether the British had influenced the choice of fats in Malta and to see how solid was the assertion, made in at least one academic paper, that the Maltese had not used olive oil since the Mediaval Period until recently. Working on this project was not easy. I had to juggle my time between work and studies, while dealing with a substantial number of personal problems, including the death of my father. My travels, and the support of those around me, kept me sane. I hope this work will prove useful.
Description: M.MALTESE STUD.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - InsMS - 2019

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