[Sca-cooks] Hildegard's dips?
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.
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
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.
An twelfth century convent serving a selection of dips and coffees?
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