Renaissance Cooking References

Renaissance Food . Recipes . References

Gode Cookery has a great collection of Medieval Recipes with the original text, translation, and modern instructions. I like the Kenelme Digbie recipes for reading, but they're of questionable use in the kitchen. Some cookbooks are more kitchen friendly, but purists complain that they depart rather far from the original recipes. Be sure to check the reviews such that you get what you need.

Food and Feast in Medieval England (Illustrated History Paperbacks)
Food and Feast in Medieval England (Illustrated History Paperbacks)
P. W. Hammond
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This fully illustrated book describes the extraordinary range of food which found its way on to the tables of medieval English society, its production and distribution. Although bread, ale, meat and fish were the staple diet, fish often came from as far away as Iceland, and as early as 1480 over 100,000 oranges were being imported to augment the diet. The book covers a wide range of medieval food, from hunting, fish breeding, brewing, baking, food hygiene and storage. The book concludes with an examination of medieval feasts, such as that held at York on 26 December 1251, which took six months to prepare, and saw the consumption of no fewer than 68,500 loaves of bread, 170 boars and 25,000 gallons of wine. Based on archaeological and documentary evidence, this book aims to provide an introduction to an often neglected topic of medieval life.

Food and Feast in Medieval England (Food & Feasts)
Food and Feast in Medieval England (Food & Feasts)
P. W. Hammond
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Based on archaeological and written evidence, this book deals with eveything we know about Medieval food, from hunting and harvesting to food hygiene and the organization of a large household kitchen. Evaluates the nutritional value of Medieval food, the customs associated with its serving and eating, and the organisation of feasts.

Food and Feast in Tudor England
Food and Feast in Tudor England
Alison Sim
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An overview of Tudor food and eating habits. Chapters cover food and society, table manners, feasting and banquets, Tudor ideas about healthy eating and kitchens and cooking.

Food and Feast in Tudor England (Food & Feasts)
Food and Feast in Tudor England (Food & Feasts)
Alison Sim
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Popular representations of the Tudors at table have caricatured them as loud, gross and lacking any manners. This is actually far from the case, as food and dining were used as social display by the upwardly mobile. For those with money, meals became extravagantly sophisticated, with a staggering number of courses and breathtaking table displays. Even those lower down the social scale enjoyed some of the benefits of increasing prosperity and the new markets which England's merchants exploited, bringing new foodstuffs into the country and new ideas about eating.

Fabulous Feasts: Medieval Cookery and Ceremony
Fabulous Feasts: Medieval Cookery and Ceremony
Madeline Pelner Cosman
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Includes a section on medieval recipes and a practical guide to re-creating the dishes.

Sallets, Humbles & Shrewsbery Cakes: A Collection of Elizabethan Recipes Adapted...
Sallets, Humbles & Shrewsbery Cakes: A Collection of Elizabethan Recipes Adapted...
Ruth Anne Beebe
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A review of cluttered cookbook shelves reveals a surfeit of fetchingly illustrated, full-color books of contemporary cuisine, and a shocking lack of titles dealing with the real history of gastronomy. This compendium of Elizabethan recipes, gathered and annotated (and, we might add, carefully tested) by Ruth Anne Beebe is not only historically accurate (and in places downright fun) but also usable. In addition to a rich selection of the transcribed original Elizabethan recipes, Beebe has provided modern formulations, including ingredients and measurements. There is much more to this cuisine than the expected meat and Shepherd's pie; here is fascinating advice on how herbs were used to flavor and preserve, how ale was brewed, and how to "fry an egg as round as a ball." In addition to the recipes, the book offers sample menus, a glossary, an index, and a host of elegant and wonderfully evocative period woodcuts all printed in red.




Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelme Digbie, Opened (1669) (English Kitchen...
Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelme Digbie, Opened (1669) (English Kitchen...
Kenelm Digby
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A paperback edition of a classic of 17th-century English writing about food and drink. There is perhaps none that is more frequently quoted than this, no title more familiar. Its reappearance, therefore, will be very welcome to both the academic market, and the general reader. Digby was also a European figure of some renown in scientific, philosophical and mathematical circles (besides being a military man, a pirate and a womaniser). This recipe collection made by him (in line with similar collections made by male enthusiasts and intellectuals of the time, for example the diarist John Evelyn) was published after his death by his former assistant George Hartman. It is perhaps the most literate of such cookery books. Digby was a natural writer, as entertaining as instructive. Many of the recipes are for drinks, particularly of meads or metheglins, but the culinary material provides a remarkable conspectus of accepted practice among court circles in Restoration England, with extra details supplied from Digby’s European travels. The editors also include the inventory of Digby’s own kitchen in his London house, discovered amongst papers now deposited in the British Library; and they have... [more]

The Closet of Sir Kenelme Digbie Opened, Volume VI from the Mallinckrodt Collection...
The Closet of Sir Kenelme Digbie Opened, Volume VI from the Mallinckrodt Collection...
Sir Kenelme Digbie
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Culinary history

A Sip Through Time: A Collection Of Old Brewing Recipes
A Sip Through Time: A Collection Of Old Brewing Recipes
Cindy Renfrow
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A Sip Through Time, A Collection of Old Brewing Recipes contains, in a single illustrated volume, over 400 documented historic recipes for ale, beer, mead, metheglin, cider, perry, hypocras, wines, etc., dating from 1800 B.C. to modern times.

Take a thousand eggs or more: A translation of medieval recipes from Harleian MS...
Take a thousand eggs or more: A translation of medieval recipes from Harleian MS...
Cindy Renfrow, Cindy M. Renfrow
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Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks
Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks
Sharon Butler, Constance B. Hieatt, Brenda Hosington
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This is a completely revised edition of the classic cookbook that makes genuine medieval meals available to modern cooks. Using the best recipes from the first edition as a base, Constance Hieatt and Brenda Hosington have added many new recipes from more countries to add depth and flavour to our understanding of medieval cookery. All recipes have been carefully adapted for use in modern kitchens, thoroughly tested, and represent a wide range of foods, from appetizers and soups, to desserts and spice wine. They come largely from English and French manuscripts, but some recipes are from sources in Arabia, Catalonia and Italy. The recipes will appeal to cordon-bleus and less experienced cooks, and feature dishes for both bold and timourous palates.The approach to cooking is entirely practical. The emphasis of the book is on making medieval cookery accessible by enabling today's cooks to produce authentic medieval dishes with as much fidelity as possible. All the ingredients are readily available; where some might prove difficult to find, suitable substitutes are suggested. While modern ingredients which did not exist in the Middle Ages have been excluded (corn starch, for example... [more]

The Medieval Kitchen: Recipes from France and Italy
The Medieval Kitchen: Recipes from France and Italy
Odile Redon, Françoise Sabban, Silvano Serventi
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The Medieval Kitchen is a delightful work in which historians Odile Redon, Françoise Sabban, and Silvano Serventi rescue from dark obscurity the glorious cuisine of the Middle Ages. Medieval gastronomy turns out to have been superb—a wonderful mélange of flavor, aroma, and color. Expertly reconstructed from fourteenth- and fifteenth-century sources and carefully adapted to suit the modern kitchen, these recipes present a veritable feast. The Medieval Kitchen vividly depicts the context and tradition of authentic medieval cookery.
"This book is a delight. It is not often that one has the privilege of working from a text this detailed and easy to use. It is living history, able to be practiced by novice and master alike, practical history which can be carried out in our own homes by those of us living in modern times."—Wanda Oram Miles, The Medieval Review
"The Medieval Kitchen, like other classic cookbooks, makes compulsive reading as well as providing a practical collection of recipes."—Heather O'Donoghue, Times Literary Supplement



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