[Sca-cooks] A question about meat-

David Walddon david at vastrepast.com
Tue Feb 16 13:11:08 PST 2010

Amazon UK had it for an OK price.
I just ordered it. 
Scully has a good section on humoral theory in The Art of Cookery in the
Middle Ages for those who want something a bit more accessible.


On 2/16/10 12:57 PM, "Johnna Holloway" <johnnae at mac.com> wrote:

> What comes to mind is another book for you to look at--
> Medieval dietetics: Food and drink in regimen sanitatis literature
> from 800 to 1400 by Adamson?
> (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1995)
> The book explores the connection between cooking and preventive
> medicine by centering on the food and drink section, cibus et potus,
> in 23 medieval Latin and German regimina sanitatis. A brief history of
> the four-humor theory and the six non-naturals is followed by the
> analysis of each regimen, including information on the text, the role
> of cibus et potus
> within the non-naturals, its contents (general guidelines on nutrition,
> dietetic lists of foodstuffs, and culinary recipes), use of the gradus-
> system, as well as sources and dependencies with other regimina.
> In the conclusion the results are arranged in chart-form; an appendix
> contains the transcription of a 15th-century German translation of
> Anthimus' «De observatione ciborum.»
> ----
> Copies are really expensive, if one can be found at all. I would try
> interlibrary loan.
> I bought my copy in 2005. It was both expensive and time consuming.
> Johnnae
> On Feb 16, 2010, at 2:14 PM, Laura C. Minnick wrote:
>> As I mentioned just a minute ago, I'm rummaging around in
>> Carolingian France, and I saw something interesting that sort of
>> piqued my curiosity. Apparently, Charlemagne's doctors were after
>> him to eat only boiled meats, but he loved roasted meat so that's
>> what he ate, dammit! So I'm wondering, does boiling vs roasting
>> change the fat and/or cholesterol etc ratios? Were his doctors
>> actually on to something? I haven't been able to find any sort of
>> answer here. (And I'd bet Bear knows where to find out...)
>> 'Lainie
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