Meaning of kitchen front in English:

kitchen front


  • Especially during the Second World War (1939–45): cooking, nutrition, and home economics, perceived as part of a wider public contribution to the war effort. Chiefly with the and in "on the kitchen front": in the kitchen, in cooking.

    Originally used as part of a Ministry of Food campaign promoting the economical use of food rations launched by Lord Woolton on 5 April 1940, this expression was further popularized as the name of a radio series on the BBC Home Service aimed at housewives, which ran from June of that year until 1944.


1940s; earliest use found in The Times.