I just picked up Shakespeare’s Kitchen: Renaissance Recipes for the Contemporary Cook and I couldn’t be happier. Not only does this provide recipes, which are based off of original instructions from the time period, there’s a touch of history included with each and every section, dish prepared, and anecdote.
My only critical comment is that I wanted to see more pictures of the finished recipes, but other than that I’m very pleased with this cookbook. It makes me giddy that I can read stories about life in the past while making traditional dishes prepared at a time when there were no ovens, refrigerators, or fancy tools. Imagine the luxurious art in this era! Royal banquets included the fabrication of fantastical “meat” beasts, edible portraits, and a whole lot more.
This, coupled with my love of etymology AND Shakespeare… Well, I’d rather like collecting historic cookbooks. I have a Roman-era and WWII cookbook already…
- Mood: Hungry!
Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: Riddle me this…
Work-Out Minutes Logged Yesterday: The Gym.
In My Ears: Something industrial and head-banging.
Game Last Played: Dragon Age: Awakenings
Movie Last Viewed: Despicable Me
Latest Artistic Project: In progress!
Latest Release: “The Dig” The Lovecraft eZine Issue No. 19