[Sca-cooks] Gilded gingerbread query

Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise jenne at fiedlerfamily.net
Thu Jan 4 15:31:07 PST 2007

> On Jan 3, 2007, at 9:12 PM, David Friedman wrote:
> > A corespondent put this question to me and wanted me to post it to  
> > the list:
> > ---
> > I wanted to ask if you could perhaps shed any light on the origin of
> > the phrase "to gild the gingerbread?" and whether, to your knowledge,
> > gold leaf is still much used as food decoration?

The city of Torin was famous for its decorated gingerbread (See 
Dembinska and Weaver, _Food and Drink in Medieval Poland_). Also, the 
children's book lovers will recall the silver and gold stars that were 
stuck to gingerbread in Mary Poppins.

-- Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, Knowledge Pika jenne at fiedlerfamily.net 
"History doesn't always repeat itself. Sometimes it screams
'Why don't you ever listen to me?' and lets fly with a club."

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