[Sca-cooks] What's cooking in Medieval Italy?

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Fri Nov 2 22:59:02 PDT 2007

> Huh?
> Most of the meat recipes in the cookbooks I have call for cooking the
> meat in liquid or sauce. Am I missing something? I also came across
> something the other day- apparently Charlemagne's doctors disapproved
> of his habit of eating roasted meats, and insisted that he eat boiled
> meats only. (I'm doing some work on Carolingian stuff right now.) I
> know some of you have done work on the humours, etc. Is the boiled v.
> roasted meat thing common to medieval medical theory?
> (Charles continued eating roasted meats by the way. It's good to be
> the King. :-))
> 'Lainie

Reading Einhard, I see.  You might want to take a look at Anthimus on the 
preparation of meats.  I suspect his dietary treatise was a major influence 
in the Merovingian and Carolingian courts.


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