[Sca-cooks] Last Minute Genovese Feast

Karen Lyons-McGann karenthechef at gmail.com
Mon Oct 29 22:00:16 PDT 2012

"Between the 4th and the 10th centuries Liguria was controlled by the
Byzantines <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine>, the
Lombards<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lombards> of
KingRothari <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothari> (about 641) and the
Franks <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franks> (about 774) and it was invaded
by the Saracens <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saracens> (according to
Arthur Hill Hassall, under Saracen occupation and rule from c. 876 – c. 972)
[5] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liguria#cite_note-4> and the
In the 10th century, once the danger of pirates decreased, the Ligurian
territory was divided into three marches and in the 11th century (when the
Genoese ships played a major role in the first crusade, carrying knights
and troops to the Middle-East for a fee) and the 15th century, the Republic
of Genoa <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Genoa> experienced an
extraordinary political and commercial success (mainly spice trades with
the Orient). It was one of the most powerful maritime republic in the
Mediterranean <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean> from the 12th to
the 14th century"

Yes, Islamic might be of use. As might an online copy of *De Observatione
Ciborum, or maybe the Carolingian Foodways TI from earlier this year.*
On Monday, October 29, 2012, David Friedman wrote:

> Would period Islamic be closer than Apicius? Southern Italy was under
> civilized occupation for a fair while, and I would expect a good deal of
> influence. Available sources would include the anonymous Andalusian
> cookbook, which is on my site, al-Baghdadi, al-Warraq, ...  . You can find
> a fair number of recipes, original and worked out version, in the
> /Miscellany/, which is available as a free pdf from my site.
> On 10/28/12 9:38 PM, Karen Lyons-McGann wrote:
>> Genoa, December 1099
>> I've begun with Apicius and Martino and the Neoolitan cookbook because
>> that's what I have.  So that's one earlier than and two later than
>> sources.
>>   Not great.

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