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Christmas Feasts Paperback – 1 Aug 1984

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely cultural history 21 Dec. 2010
By Bob Hicks - Published on
Format: Paperback
On the contrary, my friend. I happen to be a vegetarian, too. (Well, not quite: I eat fish and shellfish, so I'm a pescatarian.) But I love this book. I've had it for many years, and I pull it out every December to peruse again. This is terrific cultural history, all about how western cultures have celebrated the holiday season from the days of the Roman Saturnalias through the days of Victorian feasts. It's only secondarily a cookbook, although to its credit, for those who want it to be a cookbook, it serves that function, too. I don 't need to prepare or eat the wild boar or swan or roast suckling pig to appreciate the insights into history that Lorna Sass so deftly provides. It's fascinating to get a peek at how very different, and also how very much alike, our ancestors are from us. The illustrations are entertaining, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring ideas for historical Christmas feasts 14 May 2014
By Cissa - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm a fan of historical cookery, and I stayed up way too late last night reading all these recipes. I want to make them all!

I think, though, that one Christmas feast per year is about all I can manage (OK,in addition to the usually Christmas day stuff that's traditional in our family).

So! This year I am hoping to do "Saturnalia" between Christmas and New Year's, assuming people can come- it's a busy time of year, of course, but a belated Saturnalia would be better than none at all!

And in the next 4 years, the next 4 feasts.

The recipes all look do-able for a modern cook, though sometimes there are multiple things that need the oven at the same time but at different temps. Also, some new insight into cooking can help with that scheduling problem.

Please do note that if we had a Roman or a Victorian or whatever come- after cooking the whole feast- they'd probably wonder if we were poor! Standards have changed; we no longer have a kitchen staff, plus we tend to curate meals. I think this cookbook gives fascinating ways of providing a Christmas feast that is evocative of the period, but actually possible for us moderns.

I can hardly wait for Saturnalia!

While i think this would work best for a fairly experienced cook- especially if one is trying to do the whole feast- the individual recipes are very manageable and look enticing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming design and intriguing Christmas recipes 20 Nov. 2014
By Culper, Jr. - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My wife has noted that I have two types of cookbooks--those that I consult for recipes and those I have just because they are beautiful and charming. This book satisfies both categories.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment 5 Feb. 2003
By Tom Ghormley - Published on
Format: Paperback
When I ordered this book, I thought I was getting another of the author's great vegan cookbooks. I was wrong. For non-vegetarians it might be interesting, but for me, a waste of money.
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