The Medieval Cook

Bridget Ann Henisch

The figure of the medieval cook revealed, in the context of time and circumstance.
Date Published :
April 2013
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Illustration :
19 black and white
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781843834380
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781843838265
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : Available


`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.


The Cook in Context
The Cottage Cook
Fast Food and Fine Catering
The Comforts of Home
The Staging of a Feast
On the Edge: the Cook in Art
Select Bibliography
A Selection of Medieval Recipes
Suggestions for Further Reading

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