[Sca-Cooks] Wikipedia article on Medieval Cuisine

Daniel Myers edoard at medievalcookery.com
Mon Jul 30 17:57:59 PDT 2007


Wikipedia has a nice long article on Medieval European cooking (see  
URL below).  Unfortunately, it was written by someone who relied  
exclusively on tertiary sources (and has in essence said that working  
from primary sources is a bad thing).

All that aside, it looks to me that there are many sweeping  
generalizations, iffy speculations, and a couple of just plain wrong  
things that are presented in the article as fact.  Further, the  
complete lack of proper citations makes it almost impossible to  
determine where he found the "facts" he presents.

While I can (and will) correct what I can, the original author has a  
bit of a bug up his skirt about me (I haven't publicly called him a  
blithering idiot or anything ... yet ... though it gets more  
difficult every day) and he is very likely to revert any change I  
make and argue every point.

However, if others here would check out the article and make any  
corrections that they can (with proper citations), the article could  
soon be of a quality suited to the "Featured Article" rating that it  
currently has.  That's what scares me, that the equivalent of a long  
book report is the highest quality at Wikipedia.


Please do what you can, otherwise I'll have to do it myself ... and  
it'll be sloooow and painful.

- Doc

328. Take Yong Wortys and Rybbys of Venysoun, an blawnche hem, an  
than take it vp, and pyke it clene in-to a fayre potte, an sette ther- 
on Red Anys in comfyte, or ellys Allemaundys blaunchid, and serue  
forth.  [The Boke of Swyllyng]

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