[Sca-cooks] Game for Your Feast

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Tue Mar 1 20:02:17 PST 2011

Turkey wasn't available prior to 1523-7 when the first fruits of Mexico 
began flowing back to Europe.  However, they were being farmed in Europe by 
the mid-16tgh Century to the extent that they were served at a feast given 
by Catherine de Medici in 1549 and they were less expensive than peacocks, 
pheasants, bustyards, cranes, swans, etc.

Guinea fowl were probably available.


> BTW, one little quibble: I doubt that turkey was served in the middle
> ages. Maybe in the Renaissance, certainly thereafter, but I think not
> before.
> Henry of Maldon/Alex Clark

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