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Fabulous Feasts

Fabulous Feasts

Mediaeval Cookery and Ceremony

By (author) Madeleine Pelner Cosman


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  • Beautiful colour plates compliment a scholarly text
  • Written by an authority on the subject
  • Includes a section on medieval recipes and a practical guide to re-creating the dishes
Full Description
Foods are cultural insignia. Few indicators define a people so well as its foodlore. Food taboos and food celebrations are important to a culture s notions of sacrament and sin, praise and punishment, deprivation and indulgence, vigilant discipline and sustained extravagance. Medieval England s courtly appetites for splendour are evident in cookery books, courtesy manuals, household and court documents, legal records, medieval texts, and in surprising profusion, in works of art ranging from marginalia of prayer books through literary romances. This culinary excursion will introduce the English banquet hall, its furnishings, its table adornments, and its noble servitors. The ‘art’ of the kitchen is explored and the all important ingredients are scrutinised. The book concludes with over 100 recipes from medieval manuscripts.
About the Author
Madeleine Pelner Cosman is Director of the Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the City College of City Universoty in New York
George Braziller Inc
1st Mar 2002
Paperback / softback
World excluding USA & Canada
250 mm x 190 mm
224 Pages
16 color, 98 b&w
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