The Medieval Cookbook (Hardcover)

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    The late Maggie Black was a food historian and freelance writer. She was the author ofFood and Cooking in 19th Century Britain (English Heritage, 1985) and Medieval Cookery: Recipes and History (English Heritage, 2003).

    "This book takes the reader on a gastronomic journey through the Middle Ages, offering not only a collection of medieval recipes, but a social history of the time. The eighty recipes, drawn from the earliest English cookbooks of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, are presented in two formats: the original middle English version and one adapted and tested for the modern cook. In a fascinating introduction, the author describes the range of available ingredients in medieval times and the meals that could be prepared from them--from simple daily snacks to celebratory feasts--as well as the preparation of the table, prescribed dining etiquette, and the various entertainments that accompanied elite banquets. Each chapter presents a series of recipes inspired by a historical event, a piece of literature, or a social occasion. Here we find descriptions of the grilled meats consumed by William the Conqueror's invading forces; the pies and puddings enjoyed by the pilgrims in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales; and the more sumptuous fare served at royal feasts and Christmas celebrations. The author ends with a discussion of herbal recipes for various ailments. Beautifully illustrated with lively dining scenes from illuminated manuscripts and tapestries, this book serves up a delightful literary and visual repast for anyone interested in the history of food and dining. "--

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    ISBN 9781606061091
    Genre COOKING / History
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 144
    Publisher Date 2012-05-08 00:00:00.0
    Publisher J Paul Getty Museum Pubns
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 9.0 in
    Wdth 7.5 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 1.3 lb
    Language English
    Edition Number 2
    Edition Detail Revised
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Black, Maggie
    Country of Origin United States

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      I bought this book as a gift for my boyfriend and he absolutely loves it. We are medieval enthusiasts and have wanted to try our hand at old world cuisine for some time. A search on the topic yielded this book, and after reading the helpful description, I knew it was perfect for us. I paired it with a tri-colored cutting board handcrafted by a local artisan as a winter solstice gift and it could not have been more perfect. We love the inclusion of the original text along with the adaptations for the modern kitchen. We are planning a dinner with friends using several of the recipes and I am so excited to be able to offer not simply an interesting dish, but also the fascinating historical anecdotes that this book supplies. A really great purchase.

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