A Second Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Food and Drink: Production and Distribution Paperback – 3 Apr 1995
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Informative reading on the production and distribution of food from the 5th to 11th centuries from literary & archaeological sources has been brought together for the first time to give fascinating insights to this important aspect of Anglo-Saxon life.
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The first section discusses agriculture in great detail. Despite a few clear errors (suggesting that naturally raised sheep would be low in saturated fat and high in unsaturated fat), this section seems quite good. I'm somewhat sceptical of some of the nutritional claims, but on the whole, the attention to detail in this work is quite good.
The sections on beekeeping and fermented drinks are quite fascinating in their own right.
The second portion discusses distribution of food, including topics such as monastic sources of food, travelling food, how food would be provisioned for the home, hospitality, etc. This section is also greatly of interest.
I'd highly recommend this work to anyone with a serious interest in the study of Anglo-Saxon England.
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