Food In Medieval Times

Food In Medieval Times

by Melitta Adamson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313321477

ISBN-13: 9780313321474

Pub. Date: 10/30/2004

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Students and other readers will learn about the common foodstuffs available, how and what they cooked, ate, and drank, what the regional cuisines were like, how the different classes entertained and celebrated, and what restrictions they followed for health and faith reasons. Fascinating information is provided, such as on imitation food, kitchen humor, and medical

Overview

Students and other readers will learn about the common foodstuffs available, how and what they cooked, ate, and drank, what the regional cuisines were like, how the different classes entertained and celebrated, and what restrictions they followed for health and faith reasons. Fascinating information is provided, such as on imitation food, kitchen humor, and medical ideas. Many period recipes and quotations flesh out the narrative.

The book draws on a variety of period sources, including as literature, account books, cookbooks, religious texts, archaeology, and art. Food was a status symbol then, and sumptuary laws defined what a person of a certain class could eat—the ingredients and preparation of a dish and how it was eaten depended on a person's status, and most information is available on the upper crust rather than the masses. Equalizing factors might have been religious strictures and such diseases as the bubonic plague, all of which are detailed here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313321474
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2004
Series:
Food through History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Timeline

Introduction

Foodstuffs

Food Preparation

Cuisines by Region

Eating Habits and Food Ideas

Food and Religion

Concepts of Diet and Nutrition

Conclusion

Suggested Further Readings

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