Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy

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In Art, Culture, and Cuisine, Phyllis Pray Bober examines cooking through an assortment of recipes as well as the dual lens of archaeology and art history. Believing that the unity of a culture extends across all forms of expression, Bober seeks to understand the minds and hearts of those who practiced cookery or consumed it as reflected in the visual art of the time.

Bober draws on archaeology and art history to examine prehistoric eating customs in ancient Turkey; traditions ...

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Overview

In Art, Culture, and Cuisine, Phyllis Pray Bober examines cooking through an assortment of recipes as well as the dual lens of archaeology and art history. Believing that the unity of a culture extends across all forms of expression, Bober seeks to understand the minds and hearts of those who practiced cookery or consumed it as reflected in the visual art of the time.

Bober draws on archaeology and art history to examine prehistoric eating customs in ancient Turkey; traditions of the great civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome; and rituals of the Middle Ages. Both elegant and entertaining, Art, Culture, and Cuisine reveals cuisine and dining's place at the heart of cultural, religious, and social activities that have shaped Western sensibilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226062549
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 6.63 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Pray Bober is the Leslie Clark Professor Emerita in the Humanities at Bryn Mawr College and coauthor of Renaissance Artists and Antique Sculpture.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations vii
Preface xv
Introduction 1
1 Prehistory 15
2 Ancient Egypt 27
3 Mesopotamia 55
4 The Hellenic Experience 77
5 Hellenistic Transformations 123
6 Ancient Rome 145
7 Early Middle Ages 193
8 Late Gothic International Style 219
Appendix Menus and Recipes 267
Notes 323
Bibliography 389
Index 433
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