Dining in the Great Courts of Late Renaissance Europe
Published by: University of Illinois Press
248 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 20.00 mm, 1 black & white photograph
- ISBN: 9780252083075
- Published: August 2017
In The Banquet, Ken Albala covers the transitional period between the heavily spiced and colored cuisine of the Middle Ages and classical French haute cuisine. This development involved increasing use of dairy products, a move toward lighter meats such as veal and chicken, increasing identification of national food customs, more sweetness and aromatics, and a refined aesthetic sense, surprisingly in line with the late-Renaissance styles found in other arts.
Contents Preface Acknowledgments 1. Setting the Stage--Setting the Table 2. An Introduction to Ingredients and Wild Food 3. Dairy 4. Spices and Garnishes 5. Vegetables and Fruit 6. Starches and Pasta 7. Wine and Alcohol 8. Nations 9. Staff and Carving 10. Condemnation 11. Recipes Notes Glossary Bibliography Index
"Though Renaissance paintings and palaces abide, the work of Renaissance chefs lives on only in the accounts of writerly houseguests and boastful hosts. Prof. Ken Albala has followed the paper trail with the diligence of a professional historian, but he writes with zest. . . . Porcupine paté and stuffed dormouse found their way to the groaning board, and a Lenten favorite for pious meat-lovers was beaver tail because, since it was always in the water, 'this part of the animal could be considered fish.'"--Wall Street Journal Online“This engrossing work covers a great deal of culinary ground, and will interest many readers. . . . This is a truly fascinating look at how people ate four hundred years ago.”--Sixteenth Century Journal“A pleasure to read and a solid contribution to gastronomic history.”--Historian