[Sca-cooks] 10th C. Cornish?

Volker Bach carlton_bach at yahoo.de
Tue Oct 24 21:04:42 PDT 2006

Am Mittwoch, 25. Oktober 2006 02:26 schrieb Terry Decker:
> > Alternatively, since parts of southern Italy were, I think, still
> > inhabited by Muslims at that point, you could use Muslim recipes.
> > There are sources from both just after and a couple of centuries
> > before the 12th century, although little of the latter has been
> > translated.
> That might work, although the Muslims were pushed out of Sicily in 1091.
> Since Sicily still prepares a number of dishes similar to their Arabic
> counterparts, it's obvious the cuisine didn't change overnight.

There were Muslims in Sicily well into the 13th century, and the Norman kings 
of Sicily (and no doubt other members of the upper classes) had Muslim cooks. 
While nothing is stated about the cooks of Emperor Frederick II that I know 
of, he had a large number of Muslims in his retinue, including physicians, 
dancers, falconers, bodyguards, concubines and scribes. The Saracens don't 
disappear from Southern Italy until the ethnic cleansing of the later 13th 
century, though their settlement area and influence slowly dwindles. 

And anyway, it's not like the cuisines of the Maghreb and southern Italy 
aren't similar to start with. Evidence is unfortunately thin on the ground, 
but from everything we can see it seems that in terms of everyday material 
culture, the differences between ordinary Christians and ordinary Muslims 
(and Jews) were very small. The church occasionally frets about this at the 



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