The Medieval Cook

The Medieval Cook

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`Stylish and racy... An excellent book and a delight to read, written with panache and entirely convincing.' Professor PETER COSS, Cardiff University. This book takes us into the world of the medieval cook, from the chefs in the great medieval courts and aristocratic households catering for huge feasts, to the peasant wife attempting to feed her family from scarce resources, from cooking at street stalls to working as hired caterers for private functions. It shows how they were presented in the art, literature and moral commentary of the period (valued on some grounds, despised on others), how they functioned, and how they coped with the limitations and the expectations which faced them in different social settings. Particular use is made of their frequent appearance in the margins of illuminated manuscript, whether as decoration, or as a teaching more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 26mm | 780.17g
  • Boydell & Brewer Ltd
  • The Boydell Press
  • Woodbridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 19 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1843834383
  • 9781843834380
  • 795,565

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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 MEDIEVALESshow more

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