`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 privatefunctions. 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 expectationswhich 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.
Bridget A. Henisch is the author of Fast and Feast: Food in Medieval Society (1976). Together they co-authored The Photographic Experience, 1839-1914: Images and Attitudes (1994) and The Painted Photograph, 1839-1914: Origins, Techniques, Aspirations (1996), both from Penn State.