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Fabulous Feasts: Medieval Cookery and Ceremony

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  119 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Includes a section on medieval recipes and a practical guide to re-creating the dishes.
Paperback, 199 pages
Published 1976 by George Braziller
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Susan
Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it
This is one of the books I lost in the flood of ’08; that was difficult. I had it since high school and always loved flipping through it. Loosing this book was like losing a friend, or at least, a very friendly acquaintance. This work can give you a very clear idea of how food was cooked, eaten, displayed, horded, shared, and wasted in those flea-infested, lice-ridden olden times. I mourn the loss of the bibliography/notes which are absolutely FANTASTIC. The scholarship behind it has always been ...more
Barbara Morgenroth
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite medieval cookery books. It's more along the lines of what you can easily do today to have a medieval feast rather than how they had a feast, complete with fleas, 600 years ago. Perhaps the food tastes better than it sounds but I have never been inspired to try any of the recipes, it's more fun just to read about it.
Jenn
Jul 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: culinary
This review covers the 1976 Paperback. So unless the content has been updated, the score still stands.

I cook, a lot. I am a historical interpreter and a 15th century re-enactor, and I love the taste of really good food. For those who don't care if this book is historically accurate or not, then I think you've missed the point of owning a "medieval cookbook". If you like odd mixes of spices and experimentation, then have at it. For me, I'll pass having sampled several of these recipes that I foun
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Josephine
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hobbies
Cosman, as Director of the Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at City College of City University of New York, had access to even unpublished scholarly work regarding the medieval kitchen. She also received generous assistance from experts in various fields to enrich her already exceptional knowledge of medieval cooking.

Hands down this is a great book discussing the importance of food in medieval culture. I first read it in high school. I have reread excerpts and each time find a new
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Koen Crolla
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, food
Poorly structured, unrigorous, and scattershot. Almost purely about English feasts in the late Middle Ages, and not, as it variously pretends, about general Medieval European diets. This book came out in 1976 and I'm sure I would have been happy to have it back then, but a lot of much better books have been written on the subject over the last forty years.
Well over a third of the book is devoted to approximating certain recipes (over a hundred of them) with ingredients that would be easier to fi
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Colleen
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
For my purposes--research--this only rated 2 stars because the first three-quarters of the book about food, drink, and eating in the Middle Ages, isn't particularly well-written or easy to understand. If you were interested in cooking a medieval feast, though, the recipes in the last quarter of the book would be very helpful. Some even sound quite tasty! (It didn't help my opinion that "public feast" was spelled "pubic feast"--that is such a common error that I'm beginning to think people misspe ...more
Sarah
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Borrowed this from a friend. Very interesting reading about the cuisine of England in the Middle Ages. Also liked the discussion of food laws at the English markets. Food was pretty regulated back then! Well, more than I would have expected anyway. There are lots of recipes at the end, which I'd be interested to try out- if I can find the ingredients :) Anyone know where to get swan, other than the local pond? :p
Jan
Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
An astonishingly complete compilation of Medieval food-related traditions, ceremonies, utensils, recipes, ingredients, manners, and systems of garbage disposal. Fascinating reading; many color and black and white illustrations. College level and adult.
Sara
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: food-and-cooking
This was a fun book. I bought this way back when to make a medieval dinner for a boyfriend. It has basically sat on my shelf since then but now as I look through it, I see it has some interesting chapters that deserve another look through.
Elizabeth Lund
Mildly interesting; skimmed some parts. I guess I'd be more interested in a story of how we got from that type of food to our type of food.
Alice
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review to come.
Barbra Quade
This book is a great companion for the historian and the epicure. I found the recipes to be doable, the history to be engaging, and I learned about some interesting uses of spices.
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Desyl
Jan 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
library. great.
SFBlau
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
The recipes are very modern, but in the spirit of the age, I 'spose.

This essay is very good: Comparing and Choosing Medieval Cookbooks at http://www.katjaorlova.com/Cookbooks.htm
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