[Sca-cooks] Hildegard's dips?

Mairi Ceilidh jjterlouw at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 13 06:09:35 PDT 2007

I own that one (yeah, I'll buy anything that has a recipe in it, and might
contain a smattering of history).  At the beginning there are notes on
ingredients, some of which purport to actually quote Hildegard's writings on
these things.  At Pennsic I obtained Hildegard's Physice, The Complete
English Translation of Her Classic Work on Health and Healing, translated by
Priscilla Throop (thankyouverymuch, Devra).  I haven't had time to look into
it yet.  Some year I'm going to finish settling into the new house and get
back to the books.

Anyway, I think my point is that the modern book isn't a total loss, but
there's no real need to own it unless you are just trying to win the
she-who-owns-the-most-cookbooks contest.  Get with Devra and buy the
Physica, if that is where your studies lead you.

Oh, and Johnnae?  Thanks for the memory jogger.  Some day when I have some
leisure I may look at these two books together and see if the modern author
had actually ever looked at the original work.

Mairi Ceilidh

I came across this description this am while browsing in
Jessica's Biscuit. The book was:  From Saint Hildegard's Kitchen: Foods 
Of Health, Foods Of Joy
Description reads:
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a remarkable woman-a scholar, nun, 
mystic, theologian, physician, and composer. She also possessed, by 
means of heavenly visions, precious knowledge about human nutrition. 
Here are hundreds of *her recipes* for meat, vegetables, salads, soups, 
cereals, pastas, sauces, dips, beverages, jams, coffees, wines and desserts.
Her recipes?
An twelfth century convent serving a selection of dips and coffees?


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