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The Art of Cookery in the Middle Ages (Studies in Anglo-Saxon History)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0851154301, Paperback)The master cook who worked in the noble kitchens of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries had to be both practical and knowledgeable. His apprenticeship acquainted him with a range of culinary skills and a wide repertoire of seasonal dishes, but he was also required to understand the inherent qualities of the foodstuffs he handled, as determined by contemporary medical theories, and to know the lean-day strictures of the Church. Research in original manuscript sources makes this a fascinating and authoritative study where little hard fact had previously existed.
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"The cookery of the late middle ages has been unjustly neglected. Numerous references exist showing what food was customarily eaten across Europe by the aristocracy of the time, but it is only recently that scholarly research has extracted a number of recipes from manuscript sources and made them generally available. The recipes which survive indicate how rich and varied a choice of dishes the wealthy could enjoy. In this fascinating study, Dr Scully examines both the theory and practice of medieval cooking, demonstrating their complex interdependence."--BOOK JACKET.
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