An initial section of the work lists all the provisions and personnel that a cook should ensure he has at hand. This edition offers an introduction on the alimentary traditions that Chiquart drew upon and contributed to. An English translation, the only full English translation of the text available, accompanies the manuscript text. Footnotes help explain the techniques and procedures that Chiquart uses; an index helps the reader navigate the translated text.
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Best ed. Publisher's Notes: In Englishman Gervase Markham published a handbook for housewives containing "all the virtuous knowledges and actions both of the mind and body, which ought to be in any complete housewife. Markham reveals the "pretty and curious secrets" of preparing everything from simple foods to such elaborate meals as a "humble feast" - an undertaking which entails preparing "no less than two and thirty dishes, which is as much as can stand on one table.
As a housewife was also responsible for the health and "soundness of body" of her family, he includes advice on the prevention of everything from the plague to baldness and bad breath.
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No other source from this period provides the same richness of information in such a readable style. Michael Best's introduction and his abundant notes make The English Housewife readily accessible to the contemporary reader. Publisher's Notes: Published in , this revolutionary recipe book represents a move away from peasant traditions, and lays the foundations of classic French cuisine.
La Varenne's was the first recipe book to receive international acclaim, and influenced European cookery for many centuries to come. Little is known of La Varenne's life, or if he was responsible for the considerable innovations that appear in his books, but he was certainly the first to write them down. They include recipes for omelettes, ragouts, bisques and caramel, new ways of spicing and flavouring dishes, many new technical terms and such as a la mode, au bleu, and au naturel, and countless other ideas that had not been known before and have now become part of our repertoire.
Introduction by Philip and Mary Hyman, whose knowledge of Varenne is unrivalled. Good Housewife's Jewel Maggie Black ed. NOTE : This edition does not contain the full text of the original. The editor states in her introduction that she removed unnecessary punctuation, changed the order of the recipes, and removed some recipes that were duplicated within the original.
These edits significantly reduce the value of this source for serious research. I include the book on this list only because it appears to be the only edition of "Good Housewife's Jewel" currently in print, and therefore is better than nothing. He was a wealthy and learned man, a member of that enlightened haute bourgeoisie upon which the French monarchy was coming to lean with increasing confidence. When he wrote his Treatise he was at least sixty but had recently married a young wife some forty years his junior.
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It fell to her to make his declining years comfortable, but it was his task to make it easy for her to do so. The first part deals with her religious and moral duties: as well as giving a unique picture of the medieval view of wifely behaviour it is illustrated by a series of stories drawn from the Goodman's extensive reading and personal experience. In the second part he turns from theory to practice and from soul to body, compiling the most exhaustive treatise on household management which has come down to us from the middle ages.
Gardening, hiring of servants, the purchase and preparation of food are all covered, culminating in a detailed and elaborate cookery book. Sadly the author died before he could complete the third section on hawking, games and riddles. This unique glimpse of medieval domestic life presents a worldly, dignified and compelling picture in the words of a man of sensibility and substance. Publisher's Notes: In the closing years of the fourteenth century, an anonymous French writer compiled a book addressed to a fifteen-year-old bride, narrated in the voice of her husband, a wealthy, aging Parisian.
The book was designed to teach this young wife the moral attributes, duties, and conduct befitting a woman of her station in society, in the almost certain event of her widowhood and subsequent remarriage. The work also provides a rich assembly of practical materials for the wife's use and for her household, including treatises on gardening and shopping, tips on choosing servants, directions on the medical care of horses and the training of hawks, plus menus for elaborate feasts, and more than recipes.
Greco and Christine M. Rose, is accompanied by an informative critical introduction setting the work in its proper medieval context as a conduct manual. This edition presents the book in its entirety, as it must have existed for its earliest readers. The Guide is now a treasure for the classroom, appealing to anyone studying medieval literature or history or considering the complex lives of medieval women.
It illuminates the milieu and composition process of medieval authors and will in turn fascinate cooking or horticulture enthusiasts. The work illustrates how a perhaps fictional Parisian householder of the late fourteenth century might well have trained his wife so that her behavior could reflect honorably on him and enhance his reputation. Cuenca trans. Publisher's Notes: The collection of medieval culinary recipes here published dates from the early thirteenth century and is likely to be the earliest witness we have to a number of recipes that appear again and again in later medieval collections.
This critical edition of thirty-five recipes from four Danish, Icelandic, and Low German manuscripts records culinary themes that were to flourish throughout the later Middle Ages and is a major contribution to the literature on food. The volume includes translations, textual notes, a commentary, and detailed indices covering utensils, procedures, ingredients, dishes, and a glossary for each of the three languages. Publisher's Notes: This book takes the reader on a gastronomic journey through the Middle Ages, offering not only a collection of medieval recipes, but a social history of the time.
The eighty recipes, drawn from the earliest English cookbooks of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, are presented in two formats: the original Middle English version and one adapted and tested for the modern cook. In a fascinating introduction, the author describes the range of available ingredients in medieval times and the meals that could be prepared from them—from simple daily snacks to celebratory feasts—as well as the preparation of the table, prescribed dining etiquette, and the various entertainments that accompanied elite banquets.
Each chapter presents a series of recipes inspired by a historical event, a piece of literature, or a social occasion. Here we find descriptions of the grilled meats consumed by William the Conqueror's invading forces; the pies and puddings enjoyed by the pilgrims in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales; and the more sumptuous fare served at royal feasts and Christmas celebrations.
Beautifully illustrated with lively dining scenes from illuminated manuscripts and tapestries, this book serves up a delightful literary and visual repast for anyone interested in the history of food and dining. This edition of the Livre fort excellent was published in Scholars have often dismissed the printed cookbooks of 16th-century France as simple rehashes of the great medieval Viandier of Taillevent or as merely concentrating on marginal dishes such as sweets and sugarwork.
While there is some truth in this, the translators and editors of this book would maintain that the change from medieval to modern already under way in Italy and Spain for example can be dated back to this book and its kindred; that it was more than a plagiaristic copy. The Livre fort comprises about 70 pages of original French, with an English translation on facing pages. The translation is the work of Timothy J.
Professor Tomasik has translated other contemporary gastronomic texts and has written many articles on the French table in the Renaissance, and co-edited the volume At the Table: Metaphorical and Material Cultures of Food in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Professor Albala is the author of Eating Right in the Renaissance and a leading light in historical food studies here and in America.
He is editor of the journal Food, Culture and Society. Publisher's Notes: The fields of cookery and medieval food have recently drawn the attention of those interested in a panoramic picture of aristocratic and bourgeois social life in the late Middle Ages. In the fifteenth century, wealthy courts in the Italian peninsula led all of Europe in gastronomical achievement. The professional cooks in palaces such as those of the Este, Medici, and Borgia families were the most advanced masters of their craft, and some of them bequeathed a record of their practice in manuscript collections of recipes.
Outstanding among these early cookbooks is the one written by an anonymous master cook in Naples toward the end of the century. In its recipes, we can trace not only the Italian culinary practice of the day but also the very refined taste brought by the Catalan royal family when they ruled Naples. This edition--with its introduction touching on the nature of cookery in the Neapolitano Collection, and its commentary on the individual recipes and its English translation of those recipes--will give the reader a glimpse into the rich fare available to occupants and guests of one of the greatest houses of late medieval Italy.
The Neapolitan Recipe Collection offers a particularly delicious slice of the primary documentation necessary for understanding the nature of medieval society and one of its most important aspects. Publisher's Notes: Bartolomeo Scappi c. He oversaw the preparation of meals for several Cardinals and was such a master of his profession that he became the personal cook for two Popes. At the culmination of his prolific career he compiled the largest cookery treatise of the period to instruct an apprentice on the full craft of fine cuisine, its methods, ingredients, and recipes. Accompanying his book was a set of unique and precious engravings that show the ideal kitchen of his day, its operations and myriad utensils, and are exquisitely reproduced in this volume.
Scappi's Opera presents more than one thousand recipes along with menus that comprise up to a hundred dishes, while also commenting on a cook's responsibilities. Scappi also included a fascinating account of a pope's funeral and the complex procedures for feeding the cardinals during the ensuing conclave. His recipes inherit medieval culinary customs, but also anticipate modern Italian cookery with a segment of recipes for pastry of plain and flaky dough torte, ciambelle, pastizzi, crostate and pasta tortellini, tagliatelli, struffoli, ravioli, pizza.
Terence Scully presents the first English translation of the work. His aim is to make the recipes and the broad experience of this sophisticated papal cook accessible to a modern English audience interested in the culinary expertise and gastronomic refinement within the most civilized niche of Renaissance society. The book is thought to have been used by his wife Margaret. Anne Ahmed, the wife of the present Master, has prepared this new edition of the book for the th anniversary celebrations of the College. The original recipes are presented in facsimile alongside an interpretation.
Updated versions of some of these recipes are included to encourage readers to try for themselves Margaret Parker's dishes from a bygone age. This hardback book of pages is delightfully illustrated and includes a brief introduction to the life and times of Matthew and Margaret Parker. This book contains a transcription of the 69 culinary recipes in the original Middle English, along with notes and related recipes from other contemporary sources.
Any purchase of this print edition helps support this website ]. Recipes from the Wagstaff Miscellany Daniel Myers ed. Publisher's Notes: The Wagstaff Miscellany is a collection of recipes, poems, and other texts written sometime in the fifteenth century. This book contains a transcription of the culinary recipes from the miscellany in the original Middle English, along with notes and related recipes from other contemporary sources. Collecting meticulous recipes, Scents and Flavors invites us to savor an inventive cuisine that elevates simple ingredients by combining the sundry aromas of herbs, spices, fruits, and flower essences.
Organized like a meal, it opens with appetizers and juices and proceeds through main courses, side dishes, and desserts, including such confections as candies based on the higher densities of sugar syrup—an innovation unique to the medieval Arab world. Apricot beverages, stuffed eggplant, pistachio chicken, coriander stew, melon crepes, and almond pudding are seasoned with nutmeg, rose, cloves, saffron, and the occasional rare ingredient like ambergris to delight and surprise the banqueter.
Bookended by chapters on preparatory perfumes, incenses, medicinal oils, antiperspirant powders, and after-meal hand soaps, this comprehensive culinary journey is a feast for all the senses. With the exception of four extant Babylonian and Roman specimens, cookbooks did not appear on the world literary scene until Arabic speakers began compiling their recipe collections in the tenth century, peaking in popularity in the thirteenth century. Scents and Flavors quickly became a bestseller during this golden age of cookbooks, and remains today a delectable read for epicures and cultural historians alike.
Gorsuch ed. Available from: Lulu. Take a Thousand Eggs or More features over 15th century recipes. Author provides you with thrilling background of well picked stories that have influenced the world of food in good or bad way. Comments on some of them with specific humor And strong own opinion but still presents facts And what He has found in libraries, old sources And all well researched. First time I Did not like it, but last month I was enjoying every bit of Yes, it Is not a regular cookbook.
First time I Did not like it, but last month I was enjoying every bit of it. Jun 21, Blue rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction , food. I wanted to love this book. I mean really, food history is the sort of thing I file away in the dark corners of my brain so that I can whip out facts like 'garbanzo beans have been cultivated for so long that food historians don't know where the plant originated. Hummus has been eaten so long that the recipe predates writen records. The point is that food history is interesting to me. This book wasn't.
The chapters didn't I wanted to love this book. The chapters didn't flow, and I often felt the recipes that were included were ones that just fell into the authors lap, not necessarily the best example of whatever point Sitwell was trying to make. Which was another problem, I just didn't understand what points the various recipes were supposed to be illustrating. There were interesting bits. I almost said tidbits, but I thought that might make it seem I was straining for some sort of food pun.
The breakfast cereal Franken Berry, which my mother would never let me have no matter how much I begged, had some pretty powerful food coloring. It did not breakdown when ingested. Which lead to what became known as "Franken Berry Stool," print pink poop. I think the fact that one sentence about bright pink poop is one of the memorable parts of the book pretty much sums up why I only gave it two stars.
Jun 27, Shelley rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , cooking. The recipes in this book range from ancient ones for bread to more modern offerings like Asian salads, Steamed salmon with couscous and Fairy cakes. Sitwell tells us stories of the past and the people who influenced food and wrote recipe books. We learn of the first known use of the recipes, the available equipment, and the interesting social details that give us a clear picture of the past.
The book is written in a chatty manner with dry humor. I enjoyed reading A History of Food very much and know I will refer to it often. A History of Food is the perfect book to give to a keen foodie as a birthday, Christmas or surprise gift. Highly recommended. Jul 14, Mary rated it really liked it. Many of my childhood memories are tied with food since my father was a chef and loved to cook and my mother enjoyed showing us the foods of Japan.
As a child, I was exposed to many different types of foods which was both exciting and terrifying. As an adult I am thankful for that exposure since it allowed me to try new things and experiment with cooking too. It was interesting to see simple foods like oatmeal or porridge now a days being enjoyed as a healthy breakfast alternative while in the pa Many of my childhood memories are tied with food since my father was a chef and loved to cook and my mother enjoyed showing us the foods of Japan.
It was interesting to see simple foods like oatmeal or porridge now a days being enjoyed as a healthy breakfast alternative while in the past it was a food of necessity and the poor. I wonder why other cultures and countries want to know where their food came from and why here in America many of us just don't care. Maybe in ignorance we don't feel as guilty wasting food or facing the consequence of eating poorly made foods. Great book would read again Jan 14, Maru Kun rated it it was ok Shelves: review-or-reviewed , diet.
This is not in itself a bad book. It certainly started off well with a review of historic recipes and cookery. However an opportunity to write a far better book has been missed. The book ran far too swiftly through the first couple of thousand years of cookery and then got bogged down in interminable reviews of British, American and occasionally French cooks of the last couple of decades. We can only hope that another publisher has a go at printing the book that this could have been: a great revie This is not in itself a bad book.
We can only hope that another publisher has a go at printing the book that this could have been: a great review of recipes and ingredients around the world in their cultural and historical context. And such context doesn't just mean the Anglo-Saxon world post or so. Aug 02, Cate Brooks rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. I heard about this one on Morning Edition a month or so ago and our collections lady was kind enough to indulge me and buy the library a copy.
Definitely heavier on the Western tradition and I certainly couldn't manage reading the whole thing, cover to cover. But it was fun to skip around a bit and read bits and pieces just when I had a moment. I really liked everything up until about Everything after didn't seem as interesting either because it wasn't noteworthy or I was familiar with how I heard about this one on Morning Edition a month or so ago and our collections lady was kind enough to indulge me and buy the library a copy.
Everything after didn't seem as interesting either because it wasn't noteworthy or I was familiar with how it evolved. Loved the story on Apicius and the other on the northern England's recipes for poor children. View 2 comments. Apr 12, Julie Thomason rated it liked it. As a foodie, who also likes history, the title attracted me. There were some fascinating sections especially the early ones like the chapter on bread.
However, it soon became tedious, difficult to get into and after a couple of sections the writing style was monotonous. Jul 29, Amber rated it it was amazing Shelves: cookbooks.
Well-researched and beautifully written. I truly enjoyed the tone, and the author's passionate enthusiasm for the subject. Perfect for an armchair gourmand, a kitchen dilettante, or a serious home cook. May 13, Vuk Trifkovic rated it it was ok Shelves: cookbooks. Fascinating concept - tracking the history of food through select recipes. Extremely well produced and written with genuine dilligence. However, the prose is decidedly pedestrian. I can image that someone like Adam Gopnik would make so much more out of this Chapter 4, Fish baked in fig leaves, details Archestratus, who seemed to live and travel for food.
He sounds like someone I would get along with as someone seeking delicious food prepared simply. Never a cookbook fan, I long ago gave up all of them as it was kind of like buying an entire album to play the one song you liked. With the advent of the Internet. Hell, I haven't used my highly collated Mastercook sof Chapter 4, Fish baked in fig leaves, details Archestratus, who seemed to live and travel for food.
Hell, I haven't used my highly collated Mastercook software in at least a decade. But this isn't a cookbook. The recipes are the starting point for each chapter to discuss the culinary point to be made. It took me a little bit to pick up on that, but it rather works. I found many most? This was a history book. Significant culinary advancements through the ages were detailed. And yes, the stuff from eons ago are more difficult to document than the recent stuff. Even so, this is heavily weighted to my lifetime. One topic that was not addressed that should have been was open fire cooking.
Yes, breads were addressed early, but every culture has some form of barbecue. Sitwell, ever the Brit, dismissed this topic. Perhaps an updated version that drops the Mario Batali chapter given his fall from grace in favor of brisket would serve the reader better. For instance, his discussion of Careme had the following: Born in Paris, he was one of twenty-five children. His father was an unskilled laborer, his mother, presumably, just permanently exhausted.
I chuckled aloud for several minutes at that. I was alone at the time. Even writing it here for this review has me in stitches. This is something I would not have picked up on my own, but I am happy to have read it. And to think, I actually read the book with pages and everything rather than on my Kindle! That's something radically different for me these days. Many today even dream of keeping a pig, yet where it once was for necessity, now it is for flavor and fun, in sharp contrast to the Victorian age in which presentation was everything and the showy trifle, however tasty, simply vulgar.
Many of the recipes included especially the early ones aren't at all exact, a "Only now are we once again yearning to preserve fruit and pickle vegetables. Many of the recipes included especially the early ones aren't at all exact, and their purpose is more to illustrate certain things about the given time period and culture than to be an example of something you should make at home.
And many of the recipes are chosen because they showcase certain contemporary inventions, like the gas oven, the self-serve grocery store, and TV cooking shows. A History of Food is really quite interesting, although I felt that it had a bit of a slow start and that the author's writing style casual British humor interspersed with some grammatical errors was a little hard to get used to.
Sitwell traces food and food culture throughout history and tells a broader story of how we got to where we are. Sep 12, Don rated it really liked it. What a marvelous book. In some ways, an antithesis of a normal cookbook in that these recipes are meant to be read for their historical interest or what they suggest about a cultural moment rather than to actually prepare them. Of course, many of them can be cooked from but this is not where the chief pleasure of this volume lies.
The fun of the book is the imaginary meals it conjures in the head. There are unfamiliar terms such as to "pike" I think this means to core a fruit or "broach" both What a marvelous book. There are unfamiliar terms such as to "pike" I think this means to core a fruit or "broach" both a verb and a cooking tool--I think related to roasting but the sumptuous images that the recipes conjure in the mind are wonderful to experience.
There is a lot of fun to be had in the way different images conjure up different eras. There is a 's Weight Watcher recipe for Watercress soup that is basic water and a bouillon cube and hardly anything else, that says loads of what dieters were once expected to endure to shed those unwanted pounds. Sitwell chooses recipes that tell stories that may not be representative of their eras but they do tell stories about them.
He serves them up with a sense of history and humor. The scholarship to create this book is intense but Sitwell keeps it breezy and fun. This book gave me as much joy as any I have read this summer and that is saying something. I heartily recommend this!
Jun 07, Mike Gunderloy rated it liked it. You can't really do the history of food in recipes, or even 10, What you can do - and what this book does reasonably well - is tell some food stories, mostly centered around the evolution of British and to a lesser extent American cooking. This was interesting bedtime reading because of the bite-sized chapters, but I doubt I'll reread it any time soon. Nov 07, Mica rated it it was amazing Shelves: food. Was heavily weighted toward more recent history which reflects the volume of evidence Also would have liked to have seen a wider geographic representation.
May 16, Renee rated it really liked it Shelves: social-history-of-food , understanding-the-world. I did find the end dragged, as I'm not particularly interested in Jaime Oliver and Marco Pierre White, but I devoured the majority of this book with rapt interest. I appreciated his wry sense of humour. Mar 28, Brona Molnarova rated it it was amazing. This is just amazing. So easy to read, yet informative. Feels like an old friend, who knows a lot, is telling you tales about food and civilization. If you are browsing the reviews, thinking of getting the book, don't hesitate, get it!
Aug 02, Liz rated it liked it Shelves: real-life. Fascinating read but a definite British slant. There are cooks here [especially in the modern era] that I've never heard of. Jul 09, Annette McIntyre rated it really liked it. A trip through the history of food covered in a very interesting fashion make this book a particularly fun read. A fascinating look at different times in history based on recipes, written with good humor and good information.
Jun 10, Betsy added it. William Sitwell, food writer and television personality in Great Britain bid on several 19th century cookbooks at an auction in and won them. While reading through them later, the idea for this book was born. What he discovered was that even centuries ago, those who wrote down recipes became authorities on food, and therefore, in some cases, also culture and hospitality, either in his or her own circle of friends or to a larger audience.
Things haven't changed much over the years. With more William Sitwell, food writer and television personality in Great Britain bid on several 19th century cookbooks at an auction in and won them. With more research, Sitwell chose recipes written down by cooks that we may already be familiar with or have never heard of.
Either way, those recipes, in some way, shaped the food culture of its time. He makes the disclaimer early that a recipe from centuries past may not be cookable by someone in a modern kitchen today, but that some of his chosen recipes would be. Starting with ancient Egyptian bread, the recipe for which was painted on the wall of a tomb in 11 BC, Sitwell takes us through food history, all the way to modern-day recipes by cooks that are a regular part of our lives through their books or television shows today.
Though the recipes are from a wide range of countries and cultures, Sitwell's cultural references are heavily British assuming in places that his readers will know exactly what he's talking about.
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I didn't always. However, that didn't take much away from my enjoyment of the book. I enjoyed reading about recipes I'd never heard of and never realized what a major impact some of them had in their time.