Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pg. 99: C. M. Woolgar's "The Culture of Food in England, 1200-1500"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: The Culture of Food in England, 1200-1500 by C.M. Woolgar.

About the book, from the publisher:
In this revelatory work of social history, C. M. Woolgar shows that food in late-medieval England was far more complex, varied, and more culturally significant than we imagine today. Drawing on a vast range of sources, he charts how emerging technologies as well as an influx of new flavors and trends from abroad had an impact on eating habits across the social spectrum. From the pauper’s bowl to elite tables, from early fad diets to the perceived moral superiority of certain foods, and from regional folk remedies to luxuries such as lampreys, Woolgar illuminates desire, necessity, daily rituals, and pleasure across four centuries.
Chris Woolgar is professor of history and archival studies at the University of Southampton and editor of the Journal of Medieval History.

Learn more about The Culture of Food in England, 1200-1500 at the Yale University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: The Culture of Food in England, 1200-1500.

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