Library Journal...entertaining and informative...
Library Journal - Library JournalIn this entertaining and informative history of dogma and dining, culinary and social historians Rinaldi and Vicini (At the Table with the Saints) profile some of the Popes known to have a particular relationship with food and wines at the papal table, starting with Peter the fisherman. We learn that the legendary Joan, the one and only female pope, had a penchant for exotic and aphrodisiac foods. The French national dish of crepes was imported from Rome by pilgrims in 500 C.E. The reign of John Paul II has naturally added Polish soups and sauces to the Vatican culinary repertoire. And the year 2000, of course, calls for Jubilee Cherries. Besides revealing the culinary secrets of the papacy, the authors also offer some useful recipes (Venetian Rice Soup, Jewish Artichokes) and a few of the more outrageous, like gluttonous Martin IV's Eels Drowned in Wine or Leo X's Peacock in Its Feathers and Testicles of Veal. All add to the fun of a book that gives insight to the fashion of food and its place in the history and development of Western culture. Recommended for culinary history collections.--David Nudo, formerly with "Library Journal" Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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