- Hardcover: 191 pages
- Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; First Edition edition (4 Nov. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0285635336
- ISBN-13: 978-0285635333
- Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 19.8 x 2.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,487,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
All the King's Cooks: The Tudor Kitchens of King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace Hardcover – 4 Nov 1999
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Some genuinely olde English food… Peter Brears is an expert on authentic cooking methods. --Daily Express
Spare a thought for chefs in Tudor times, when a feast could take the whole day to prepare and would typically include 6 courses. --Yorkshire Evening Post
Peppered with easy-to-recreate recipes... which can t help but stoke the fires of the imagination. --Observer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Peter Brears is a food historian and historic house consultant who specialises in recreating how people lived and cooked. He worked on the restoration of Hampton Court Palace kitchens and has organised an annual Christmas feast there. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The palace kitchens at Hampton Court were a large-scale industrial enterprise that fed 600-1200 people every day - everyone from the lowliest servant to the King himself. The author does a grand job of describing how the system procured, stored, and prepared immense amounts of raw materials each day.
Interspersed with the description are recipes drawn from contemporary sources that are similiar to what might have been served at the palace. The author also covers Tudor table manners, etiquette, and the ceremony involved in feeding the monarch.
based on the reconstruction of the kitchens at Hampton Court -
just about almost any creature that could be found in England at that time seems to have been sourced for the menu -
but not a lot of your "5-a-day fruit and veg." -
there are a number of useable or adaptable receipes at well - some look quite tasty -
and now we know why Henry VIII put on so much weight