[Sca-cooks] TI Article on Peas

Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise jenne at fiedlerfamily.net
Thu Jul 19 22:39:49 PDT 2007

Hey, Johanna, why don't you write up a response to the article and send 
it in to TI, see if they will print it? That'd be cool.
-- Jadwiga

> My Summer issue of TI came today, so I have now seen the article.
> I checked the sources and what jumped out at me is the use of
> James Trager's The Food Chronology. That's probably where she got the idea
> that Catherine de Medici  in 1533 is responsible for introducing 
> "smaller Italian peas
> to France as well as the habit of eating them fresh and raw."
> A quick look at Savoring the Past by Barbara Wheaton reveals that the real
> hysteria over green peas at the French Court was in the 1660's.
> There's also an odd note that "and when famine struck in 1555, the 
> English poor
> joined the French elite in realizing that green (fresh) peas tasted 
> quite as good as dried peas."
> ??? I would have recommended using several other sources. C. Anne 
> Wilson, Peter
> Brears, and a number of others come to mind. There is also of course 
> that famous article
> in Food History News that goes into all the myths regarding Catherine de 
> Medici
> and food. It ought to be required reading before ever mentioning 
> Catherine in connection with
> anything in terms of food history.
> Johnnae
> > On Jul 16, 2007, at 6:12 PM, Barbara Benson wrote:
> >
> >   
> >> Greetings,
> >>
> >> I was wondering if anyone had received and read their TI yet.
> >>
> >> If so, does anyone have any thoughts on the article about peas?
> >>     
> >
> >
> > On the whole I thought it was ok.  It mostly seemed to be a light  
> > history and "how to" piece.  I personally would have been more  
> > interested in something on how peas were cooked and served in period  
> > in different regions.
> > I also would have liked more reliance on primary sources.  I don't  
> > have it in front of me, but I think the closest they had to a primary  
> > source was "A Medieval Home Companion", which consists of translated  
> > excerpts from Menagier.snipped
> > - Doc (cubicle farmer)
> >   
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