The Medieval Cook

The Medieval Cook

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There are plenty of books of medieval recipes on the market; this is not another, but looks at the actual person of the cook, from the professional working for the greatest lord to the humblest peasant housewife. Bridget Henisch describes the basic tasks of the kitchen - baking and dairying, curing meat and fish, before going on to look at more elaborate cooking right up to the oft-studied medieval feast. The rise of towns also saw greater specialisation in terms of food shops and street stalls, all of which are covered here. Above all, however the book focuses on medieval perceptions of cooks, their social status, and role as purveyors both of a necessity and a potential enticement to the sin of gluttony. "An excellent book and a delight to read, written with panache and entirely convincing" - Peter Coss.

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  • Hardback | 245 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 26mm | 780.17g
  • 19 Feb 2009
  • Boydell & Brewer Ltd
  • The Boydell Press
  • Woodbridge
  • English
  • New.
  • b/w illus
  • 1843834383
  • 9781843834380
  • 638,778

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Bridget Henisch has tackled an enormous subject, the cook in western Europe, and expertly marshalled evidence throughout the medieval period. MEDIUM AEVUM It is an attractive piece of work, beautifully illustrated, making the subject highly approachable for the general reader. (...) A useful and highly entertaining introduction to the study of the necessity and artistry of cookery in the Middle Ages. THE RICARDIAN This admirable book is based on a much wider field than the art of the period. It shows a remarkable range of literary and historical sources. SPECULUMAn accessible overview of medieval culinary practice that will entertain and inform the general public. (...) The general audience will be seduced by the lively medley of cooks and kitchens the book presents. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW Pour reprendre les termes du professeur Peter Cross de l'Universite de Cardiff, l'ouvrage de l'historienne americaine Bridget Ann Henisch est ecrit avec panache et conviction. Elle entraine notamment le lecteur dans l'univers multiforme des cuisines medievales. L'auteure visit aussi bien celles fonctionelles et propres de la haute aristocratie que celles souvent frustes et sales des classes socials moins elevees. HISTOIRE ET IMAGES MEDIEVALES

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