[Sca-cooks] spit jack

Johnna Holloway johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu
Mon Jan 29 15:54:32 PST 2007

Ivan Day actually went over to the Castle Museum in York
and borrowed a bunch of jacks to show us in 2004. Those papers
with illustrations ought to be out maybe this year.
His roasting course http://www.historicfood.com/roasting.htm shows some 
other jacks.
He talks about a Renaissance jack here
*Roasting with* *a Renaissance* */macchina /or/ molinello d'arosto/.* We 
have recently aquired an original late sixteenth century fusee-regulated 
/girorosto/, of a type similar to that illustrated above. It is complete 
with a very rare form of basket spit, also illustrated in Bartolommeo's 
/Opera/ and known as a /spiedo/ /doppio. /We will prepare a loin of veal 
for the spit (/il lombo della vitella nello spedo/), which we will cook 
for our lunch.


Terry Decker wrote:
> You're probably thinking of an illustration from Scappi's Opera (1570), 
> which shows a couple of mechanized spit, apparently turned by the heat 
> rising from the cauldron.  A URL for he illustration is below.  There may be 
> other information in the Florilegium.
> http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/food-art/cook_kitchen.gif
> Most other illustrations show spits being turned by hand.
> Bear

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