[Sca-cooks] John Saturnall's Feast by Lawrence Norfolk

Karen Lyons-McGann karenthechef at gmail.com
Mon Oct 29 07:53:02 PDT 2012

Sounds excellent.   Putting it on my Christmas list!


On Monday, October 8, 2012, Johnna Holloway wrote:

> No one has mentioned this novel but it might be of interest since it
> concerns a 17th century English kitchen and its cook.
> John Saturnall's Feast by Lawrence Norfolk
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/21/john-saturnalls-feasts-lawrence-norfolk-review
> The review from Friday 21 September 2012 reads in part:
> "Kings built their castles. Bishops raised cathedrals. Yet there were
> cooks before either. What was their monument?" For his first book in 12
> years, Lawrence Norfolk, historical novelist extraordinaire, inhabits the
> 17th century through its food. From the reign of Charles I through civil
> war, Cromwell's protectorate and on to the restoration, we are treated to
> both lavish feasting and battlefield foraging, the politics of the high
> table and the hearthside use of medicinal herbs. ...
> the kitchen, perpetually busy to feed the hordes of hungry mouths
> dependent on it, from beggars to lords. "Kitchen's older'n the house … The
> fire's even older," John is told on his arrival."
> Might be worth a look
> Johnnae
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