[Sca-cooks] Ken Albala's Eating Right in the Renaissance

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Tue Feb 16 14:30:28 PST 2010

I own almost all his books and I just love them (and not just because I got him to autograph them all.) Try "Beans."

ERITR does not tell you to do this and not do that - it merely discusses what was then the current medical opinion of how to stay healthy. As to how many followed this program, who knows?

And I suspect it was more "I don't care of it's not good for me - I'm eating it anyway!" rather than "There's no way I'm eating that!" Cooks were supposed to keep their employers happy. And I also suspect that those below the salt were pretty happy with anything they got. 

My opinion - your mileage may vary.


-----Original Message-----
From: Johnna Holloway <johnnae at mac.com>
To: Christiane <christianetrue at earthlink.net>; Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Tue, Feb 16, 2010 1:12 pm
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Ken Albala's Eating Right in the Renaissance

I've owned a copy since Spring 2002 and have been recommending this volume and his other 
books all along. 
Check the Florilegium and I am sure that you'll come across my comments 
urging people to buy and read this title. 
Also his volume The Banquet is very good. 
(And I think that not because he thanks me personally in the acknowledgements.) 
Did it change my mind? Not really. If you look into the publishing accounts, you can 
determine pretty quickly that if everyone was living a healthy lifestyle (be it the 16th or 
18th or 19th or 20th or 21st centuries) you wouldn't need all the new books or reprints of books 
on the subject. 
Johnnae, playing librarian 
On Feb 16, 2010, at 1:00 PM, Christiane wrote: 
> Have any of you read this book? What did you think? Did it change > the way you view the extant recipes? 
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