The Medieval Cook

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"Stylish and racy... An excellent book and a delight to read, written with panache and entirely convincing." Professor PETER COSS, Cardiff University. This book takes us into the world of the medieval cook, from the chefs in the great medieval courts and aristocratic households catering for huge feasts, to the peasant wife attempting to feed her family from scarce resources, from cooking at street stalls to working as hired caterers for private functions. It shows how they were presented in the art, literature and moral commentary of the period
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Overview

"Stylish and racy... An excellent book and a delight to read, written with panache and entirely convincing." Professor PETER COSS, Cardiff University. This book takes us into the world of the medieval cook, from the chefs in the great medieval courts and aristocratic households catering for huge feasts, to the peasant wife attempting to feed her family from scarce resources, from cooking at street stalls to working as hired caterers for private functions. It shows how they were presented in the art, literature and moral commentary of the period (valued on some grounds, despised on others), how they functioned, and how they coped with the limitations and the expectations which faced them in different social settings. Particular use is made of their frequent appearance in the margins of illuminated manuscript, whether as decoration, or as a teaching tool.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843838265
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/18/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,451,174
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1 The Cook in Context

2 The Cottage Cook

3 Fast Food and Fine Catering

4 The Comforts of Home

5 The Staging of a Feast

6 On the Edge: the Cook in Art

Notes

Select Bibliography

A Selection of Medieval Recipes

Suggestions for Further Reading

Index

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