Food and Feast in Tudor England [NOOK Book]

Overview

A readable overview of Tudor food and eating habits.
 
Popular representations of the Tudors at the table have caricatured them as loud, gross and lacking any manners. This is actually far from the case, as food and dining were used as social display by the upwardly mobile. For those with money, meals became extravagantly sophisticated, with a staggering number of courses and breathtaking displays. Even those lower down the social scale ...
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Food and Feast in Tudor England

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Overview

A readable overview of Tudor food and eating habits.
 
Popular representations of the Tudors at the table have caricatured them as loud, gross and lacking any manners. This is actually far from the case, as food and dining were used as social display by the upwardly mobile. For those with money, meals became extravagantly sophisticated, with a staggering number of courses and breathtaking displays. Even those lower down the social scale enjoyed some of the benefits of increasing prosperity and the new markets which England's merchants exploited, bringing new foodstuffs into the country and new ideas about eating.   Alison Sim also explores Tudor ideas about healthy eating as they were aware of the effects of various foods on the body and the health-giving properties of certain ingredients. Etiquette, too, was treated with great seriousness in this period, as those who wished to impress a potential patron or benefactor were keen to show off their good manners. What emerges from this evidence is a more balanced and certainly more attractive picture of the Tudors at table.
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Popular representations of the Tudors have caricatured dinners of the period as loud, gross, and lacking any polite graces. Sim, a costumed guide at Hampton Court, shows that this is hardly the case. Her lavishly illustrated account of Tudor eating habits discusses how changes in Tudor society were reflected in the food people ate and in the way food and dining were used for social display by the upwardly mobile. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752495422
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 925,209
  • File size: 271 KB

Table of Contents

1 Introduction : food and society in the sixteenth century 1
2 Kitchens and kitchen equipment 16
3 Staffing and provisioning the kitchen 31
4 Beer and brewing 44
5 Wine 57
6 Health and diet 69
7 Tableware 93
8 Table manners 105
9 Feasts, entertainments and luxury food 114
10 Banquets 135
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