Winner of Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards 2020, Best in Culinary History category for USA
"A remarkable volume littered with insight and a wealth of resources. Writing with warmth and wisdom, Bertelsen proves herself to be an excellent instructor." Publishers Weekly
"A Hastiness of Cooks" A Practical Handbook for Use in Deciphering the Mysteries of Historic Recipes and Cookbooks, For Living-History Reenactors, Historians, Writers, Chefs, Archaeologists, and, of Course, Cooks contains illustrated by Chicago artist Courtney Nzeribe.
Cynthia Bertelsen's 271-page book, "A Hastiness of Cooks" provides step-by-step instruction for the recreation of historic recipes and analysis of historic cookbooks and manuscripts to add authenticity to the daily dinner table or a Renaissance fair reenactment, as well as the banquet scene in a Tudor-age novel or an unusual scholarly paper.
With "A Hastiness of Cooks", Cynthia Bertelsen hands readers a key to a door that - once opened - leads into an unending garden of culinary delights, filled not with flowers, but rather the words and wisdom of cooks and writers and cultures long gone.
About the Author
Cynthia D. Bertelsen lives in Gainesville, Florida where she writes and cooks, and the only ice in her life comes from the freezer. She is the author of Mushroom: A Global History, A Hastiness of Cooks: A Handbook for Deciphering Historic Recipes and Cookbooks, In the Shadow of Ravens: A Novel, and Wisdom Soaked in Palm Oil: Journeying Through the Food and Flavors of Africa. A Hastiness of Cooks won the Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards in 2020 for the Best in Culinary History category for both the U.S. and the world. She also writes a blog - Gherkins & Tomatoes- at gherkinstomatoes.com.
The books that fascinated Courtney Nzeribe the most as a child were those with rich illustrations of some culinary concoction or pastry. Courtney studied Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design Paris, France. Ultimately, she ended up in the cosmetic retail profession as an Account Executive, painting faces and managing territories throughout the Midwest, Canada, and the Caribbean. Never abandoning her dual culinary aspirations, she worked as a self-taught personal chef for local clientele and Chicago's diplomatic Consular community. Art and all things culinary are mediums Courtney intertwines via illustrations and paintings. She has written for publications such as Ebony, EbonyJet.com, and her food blog. "Coco Cooks." gaining inspiration from her extensive travels and culinary adventures. A Hastiness of Cooks is her first role as illustrator for a book, combining her myriad interests. Courtney currently resides in Chicago with her long-term partner Marc.