[Sca-cooks] New? Book: The Medieval Cook

lilinah at earthlink.net lilinah at earthlink.net
Thu Apr 30 13:34:50 PDT 2009

I mentioned:
> The Medieval Cook
> by Bridget Ann Henisch

BTW, while no "amazonians" have reviewed it, the web page did include a publisher's description:
"This book takes us into the world of the medieval cook, from the chefs in the great medieval courts and aristocratic households catering for huge feasts, to the peasant wife attempting to feed her family from scarce resources, from cooking at street stalls to working as hired caterers for private functions. It shows how they were presented in the art, literature and moral commentary of the period (valued on some grounds, despised on others), how they functioned, and how they coped with the limitations and the expectations which faced them in different social settings. Particular use is made of their frequent appearance in the margins of illuminated manuscript, whether as decoration, or as a teaching tool."

Sounds like it addresses some of our questions about "ordinary" food, cooks, and diners.

Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
the persona formerly known as Anahita
who'll be camping in the rain this weekend (drat!)
and making lots of hot soup

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