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Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks [Paperback]

Constance B. Hieatt , Sharon Butler , Brenda Hosington
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Book Description

14 Feb 1996
This is a completely revised edition of the classic cookbook that makes genuine medieval meals available to modern cooks. Using the best recipes from the first edition as a base, Constance Hieatt and Brenda Hosington have added many new recipes from more countries to add depth and flavour to our understanding of medieval cookery. All recipes have been carefully adapted for use in modern kitchens, thoroughly tested, and represent a wide range of foods, from appetizers and soups, to desserts and spice wine. They come largely from English and French manuscripts, but some recipes are from sources in Arabia, Catalonia and Italy. The recipes will appeal to cordon-bleus and less experienced cooks, and feature dishes for both bold and timourous palates. The approach to cooking is entirely practical. The emphasis of the book is on making medieval cookery accessible by enabling today's cooks to produce authentic medieval dishes with as much fidelity as possible. All the ingredients are readily available; where some might prove difficult to find, suitable substitutes are suggested. While modern ingredients which did not exist in the Middle Ages have been excluded (corn starch, for example), modern time and energy saving appliances have not. Authenticity of composition, taste, and appearance are the book's main concern. Unlike any other published book of medieval recipes, Pleyn Delit is based on manuscript readings verified by the authors. When this was not possible, as in the case of the Arabic recipes, the best available scholarly editions were used. The introduction provides a clear explanation of the medieval menu and related matters to bring the latest medieval scholarship to the kitchen of any home. Pleyn Delit is a recipe book dedicated to pure delight - a delight in cooking and good food.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press; 2Rev Ed edition (14 Feb 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802076327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802076328
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The book is as much a fascinating social document as a cookbook.'

About the Author

Sharon Butler co-authored the first edition of Pleyn Delit with Constance Hieatt. She was an editor of the Dictionary of Old English and a talented artist whose illustrations grace the volumne. Constance B. Hieatt was an emeritus professor of English at the University of Western Ontario. Brenda Hosington is Professor at the Department of Linguistics, Universite de Montreal.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars recommeded reading! 21 April 1998
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This is easily a must-have for anyone who looks to prepare a feast in proper medieval style. The writing is well done, the recipes are succulent, and accessible too! The original text side-by-side with the modern text sets you up to make similar translations for yourself.
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Pleyn Delit offers a great variety of simple to medium hard recipes that can be adapted to your current menu or replace it if the ambition is there. The recipes are tasty and well-explained. Some ingredients are hard to find but for the most part replacement items are named. With this book, I've concocted complete medieval meals as well as odds and ends for special occasions while increasing the depth of my family's usual menus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought the book was great!!! 27 Feb 1999
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I got the book from the high school library two years ago, I'm now out of school, but I wrote a few down and have tried a few of them, they are delicious!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Medieval Cooks 22 Jan 2012
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This book is so well known by those of us who have any intereast in Medieval Cookery. It is suitable for both beginner and experianced alike. For those who are not familular with the work it gives some sugestions for a medieval meal. The recipies are divided into sections and have the medieval recipie (thank fully in a modern typeface making them easily readable) followed in most cases with alternatives and a modern (redaction) translation with quantaties (not often found in the original form. I would recomend this book for those who have just a mild intereast or curiosity to the experieanced alike. So much so that even with my own experiance this is my third copy having lent the first and not got it back and the second being destroyed by flooding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleyn Delit 16 Mar 2014
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A must for the rookie medieval feast cook, concise, uncomplicated and user friendly, its a shame they don't make it waterproof!!
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