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Food in Medieval Times

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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. ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 30th 2004 by Greenwood Press (first published May 1st 1995)
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Rebecca Mcgraw
Aug 14, 2014 Rebecca Mcgraw rated it liked it
I wanted this book to be better than it was. It's fascinating, but so...dry. Like an overcooked haunch of venison on spit over an open fire. Very academic, and a little repetitive at times (see, for instance, Blanc-Manger, over and over and over).
I've clearly been spoiled by Bill Bryson's histories of stuff being both fascinating and entertaining.
Jan 04, 2014 Siria rated it liked it
Food in Medieval Times is a synthetic work which pulls together information on medieval cookery and approaches to food from a variety of different sources both secondary and primary. Adamson has done a good job at creating a primer on the topic, and I could see this being a useful text to use in an undergrad classroom setting, or as a sort of encyclopaedic reference for the researcher looking to see the uses of a particular kind of food during the medieval period. The writing is however a little ...more
Jessica Knauss
Mar 28, 2011 Jessica Knauss rated it really liked it
This is my go-to for information about medieval food. I'm working on a historical novel, and this has been invaluable. It' also fun and readable for the casually interested, and might even inspire some chefs. I found a recipe for blancmanger after reading here that this "white food" was only suitable for the nobility. Delicious! And, appropriately expensive with all the almonds, time and effort.

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Jul 05, 2013 Darcy rated it liked it
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I picked this up on a whim in the library and read the whole thing in one sitting. I'm now very enlightened to the eating habits of both the wealthy and poor of the Medieval era. What am I doing with my life?
Feb 20, 2012 Etty added it
Semenjak gw ingin tahu seperti apa saja makanan jaman medieval, setelah membaca novel2 HR, buku ini lumayan menjawab semua pertanyaan gw. Selanjutnya tinggal mencari buku tentang gaya hidupnya deh....
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