[Sca-cooks] Drizzle of Honey
teucer at pobox.com
Thu Oct 29 08:59:08 PDT 2009
On Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 11:48 AM, Susan Lin <susanrlin at gmail.com> wrote:
> While the recipes may not be documentable I do not think they are all
> modern. I believe (and people will argue and yell at me but it my opinion
> and I will stick to it) that some may be based upon historical information.
> Everyone who wishes only to cook from documentable sources is entirely
> welcome to dismiss this book but I did find the history interesting. There
> is a large section of footnotes and bibliography in the book.
The trouble is, they're recipes based on historical information about
food, but not on historical food.
Imagine, if you will, that you're a historian five hundred years in
the future. You see a mention of an American family of the early 21st
century eating fried chicken, but for whatever reason all authentic
recipes for fried chicken have vanished. So you publish a book about
21st century American food, mention that it included fried chicken,
and throw in a recipe for chicken stir-fry.
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