Thursday, January 21, 2016

Book Review: 21 French Medieval Cookery Recipes

21 French Medieval Cookery Recipes + 10 Unknown Facts 
About Medieval France: Tasty Medieval French Food

Bad Side:  Poorly edited. Little or no original work (almost all the recipes are modified versions of ones I have online for free).

Good Side:  At least she didn't break any copyright laws.

Conclusion:  Even at $0.99 this isn't worth the money.

Notes:  From reading it I would guess that Bethany Wilson is about 12 years old.  The "Unknown Facts" make my brain hurt.

Plus ça change ...

I came across an image today that I've seen before and mentioned in some of my seminars, so I thought I'd post it here before I lost track of it yet again. It's one of the illustrations from the margins of the Luttrell Psalter (England, 14th c).

British Library Add MS 42130 ("The Luttrell Psalter"), f.157v

Now it could be that the beverage being poured into the funnel is water and the gentleman in blue was very thirsty, but I think it's much more likely that people haven't changed all that much in the past 800 years, and what we're looking at is a couple of bros at a frat party with their beer bong.

On a side note, I particularly like the detail of the beer splashing into the drinker's eyes.