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Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:28 am
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Okay, so it recently came to my attention how completely impractical the usual 'stew' would be when on a journey, etc. Figuring this out made me realize how little I know about what people in medieval times ate, among other little details that will probably show up in my stories sometime.

So, I was doing some casual research and found this blog:

http://thelifeandrecipesofamedievalcook ... kings.html

Apparently, they post recipes from some ancient cook book of a chef back in the day, and it looks legit. Already explains some food that they'd take on travels and stuff... So, I might be looking at this site more in the future. :) Figured I'd post it for anyone else interested. ^^
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Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:46 pm
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UPDATE: Okay, I've looked at the site a little more now.

The recipes are originally from the book of a king's chef, translated into modern English (accompanied by adapted recipes for modern cooks who feel like giving them a shot). The author not only translates/adapts the recipes, but she also accompanies them with a kind of story. The 'cook' who's sharing the recipes with us, alongside a lot of tidbits about life would've actually been like (based on the blogger's historical research).

All in all, it looks like a great site for gathering various details about medieval life. :)
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Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:33 pm
silentpages says...



UPDATE: And here's another legit-seeming site! XD I'm getting really tempted to make one of my characters a cook in their next book...

http://www.godecookery.com/how2cook/how2cook.htm#top

Site layout is a bit odd, and it's still in progress, but it seems to have quite a bit of good information, including lists of what foods would've been used, and explanations about things like breakfast (or the lack of it) and trenchers.

Also, I have just learned that there were no potatoes in Medieval Europe. o.O EVERYTHING I KNOW IS A HISTORICAL INACCURACY.
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Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:31 pm
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Yup. Potatoes and tomatoes are native to the New World. ;P
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Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:44 pm
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Mhm... And corn, I think? Which I think I remember from 5th grade history, now that I've been mulling it over... But still. Little things like that make me realize how little I currently know about a time period that some of my stories (kinda) take place in. XD
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