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on 22 July 2014
I didn't get very far with this. In the first few paragraphs I discovered banalities - "the wealthier class consumed more meat dishes" - inconsistencies - "a common peasant meal consisted of bread made from rye" followed a few sentences later by "in general barley was the most common grain used to make bread...other grains included wheat, millet, bran and flax" - and plain untruths - "Monks in the Middle Ages [...] were responsible for developing many classic varieties of cheese, such as [...] stilton" - and laughable infelicities such as "Typical types of fish eaten in the Middle Ages were whale, haddock, cod, sardines, [...] seals and pike". In general, it reads like a rather poor undergraduate essay - "Mustard was largely used in medieval food." Fail.
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on 28 November 2017
A very interesting read, all though very short there is plenty packed into this little gem. Would recommend highly enjoyable
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on 4 January 2014
When the introduction states "The medieval period is defined as the years between the 10th and 13th centuries, also known as the Middle Ages or Dark Ages" you have to worry about the level of research which has gone into the rest of the book. The old fashioned definition of the medieval period is the bit between 'Antiquity' (Greeks and Romans, ending in Britain in about AD 400) and the 'Modern Era' (conventionally starting in England in 1485 with Bosworth). Nowadays the first half of that period (in England, up to 1066) is often called the 'dark ages'. Never heard of the period 1066-1485 being so called. Seeing this statement is in the third paragraph of the book, it rather put me off the rest!
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on 31 December 2014
Too many recipes and not enough background
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on 28 December 2013
This book is very easy to read and is clear. A good way of introducing the subject or as a reminder.
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on 14 October 2014
good book
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on 11 August 2016
Well set out book, giving informative and interesting facts
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on 19 August 2015
Very good
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on 10 November 2013
if you are wanting to know all there is to know on medieval food how its cooked how its served how its presented who eats what its a must very very informative
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on 10 December 2014
very interesting
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