Examines the relationships between gender and dining out. Argues that there are demonstrable continuities between food consumption in the home and in the arena of public dining. At the heart of the food system in Britain is the role played by women as family “carers”. Women sustain a dietary culture which is seen as health‐giving. Despite this, they are often excluded in a variety of ways from enjoyment of food and, in the context of commercial provision of food, are marginalized as consumers. Explores these issues in the context of theoretical discourse on food‐culture relationships and market data on food consumption outside the home, concluding that, however effective nutrition education may be, advances in healthy eating provision by commercial hospitality organizations are antithetical to the principal of hedonism which underpins such provision.
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