978-0-7524-2909-0 / 9780752429090

Food in Anglo-Saxon England (Revealing History )





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At the heart of Anglo-Saxon society, judging by its literature, lay feasting and drinking but we know little about what Anglo-Saxons actually ate. That is also indicated by the size of this slim volume which looks at documentary and literary sources, as well as experiments in recreating Anglo-Saxon food products, to explore what was available for rich and poor alike. Beginning with the `staff of life' (cereals, bread and beer), Banham goes on to describe the cultivation, preparation and consumption of a range of foodstuffs including pulses, roots, numerous other vegetables, herbs, spices, honey, fruit, nuts, exotic fruits, dairy products, fish and meat. Finally, Banham looks at the ingredients and recipes that would be expected at a feast. The book includes translations of Old English poems and drawings that recreate Anglo-Saxon plants, food gathering and cooking. This book will be of most use for the general reader.

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