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An Early Meal - a Viking Age Cookbook & Culinary Odyssey

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A cookbook and culinary factbook
A cookbook and culinary factbook based on what we know today about the Viking Age food culture. Both the recipes and the factbook part are based on finds, literary sources, other contemporary sources and experimental archaeology.

In the first part of the book the authors presents the food of the Viking Age. They describe what one may have eat
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 17th 2013 by Chronocopia Publishing
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Scott Frank
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great, great book.

It successfully combines an archaeological review of food-related finds at Norse sites with experimental archaeology and a cook book; and it blends those together very well. Sure, there are lots of recipes - presumably why most people would buy this book, since it is marked as a "cookbook", but it also contains an excellent survey of viking-era cooking methods, foodstuffs, and sometimes even ritual preparations, all based on archaeological find at each of the sites me
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Lily
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have a rather esoteric interest in food history, so I found this book really interesting. It is as much a history book as it is a cookbook, though it mostly covers food history with the relevant bits of actual history for context. It's well-written and organized, and offers helpful appendices in the back, complete with conversion charts for those who want to attempt the recipes. The recipes themselves are not actual recipes from the viking age as those don't exist, but they are the authors' be ...more
Dymphy
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: archeology, food, history
"An early meal" is a cookbook detailing recipes by findplace (York, Hereby, etc), adapted for the modern times.

The book starts by sketching a context in which to read the recipes. It also explains why some recipes are included and why others are not (e.g. due to some fish becoming extinct). The recipes include instructions on how to recreate a dish when you don't have that spit handy. There are some conventional dishes, but also some what more exotic ones (heart on a spit) or "novel to me", suc
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Deborah Ideiosepius
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is deftly presented as a ‘voyage’ inspired by two 9th century interviews with traders. The reader is taken along on the travels of a trading expedition to seven known Viking era trading centres. Each of the destinations is presented at the beginning of it’s chapter and the authors use this introduction to the locations to present regional and seasonal food variations as well as exploring the local, archaeological sites, the finds and what they imply about the ways different communities ...more
Sidsel Pedersen
While the other recipe books I have for the Viking age tend to play a bit fast and loose with the accuracy of the food, this book is all about being as authentic as can be. The introduction is excellent and gives great insights into what and how the Vikings ate as well as how we know. The recipe part so far is interesting... and some of it I even want to try to eat. The book is well written, though a bit repetitive, if you read the introduction to a site and then the explanation of a dish, they ...more
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