[Sca-cooks] Above/Below the Salt was Greetings

Daniel Myers edoard at medievalcookery.com
Wed Mar 19 21:34:30 PDT 2008

On Mar 19, 2008, at 9:06 PM, Antonia Calvo wrote:

> Daniel Myers wrote:
>> Wynkyn de Worde specifies larger quantities of food for those of
>> higher rank (e.g. king = one to a mess, earl = two to a mess, all
>> others = 4 to a mess), but doesn't say much about the quality (other
>> than telling the carver to give the better cuts to his lordship).
> Does that mean _more_ food, or just smaller plates with fewer people
> sharing?

It's hard to be sure, but it reads to me that a mess is a set size,  
and the higher the rank, the fewer people you have to share the mess  

- Doc

  La sauce ne vaut pas mieux que le poisson.
  The sauce should not be better than the fish.

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