THE CULTURE OF FOOD IN ENGLAND, 1200-1500

C M WOOLGAR
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This landmark work shows that food in late-medieval England was far more complex, varied and culturally significant than we imagine today – it wasn’t just pottage and gruel. Drawing on a vast range of sources -- not just household accounts and recipe books, but also fables, proverbs, sermons, coroners’ records and saints’ lives -- the author charts how emerging technologies as well as an influx of new flavours and trends from abroad had an impact on eating habits across the social spectrum. From the pauper’s bowl to elite tables, from early fad diets to the perceived moral superiority of certain foods, and from regional folk remedies to luxuries such as lampreys, Woolgar illuminates desire, necessity, daily rituals and pleasure.