Anglo-Saxon cooking

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Anglo-Saxon cooking

Postby FionaDowson » Tue May 26, 2015 6:01 pm

http://nvg.org.au/documents/other/anglosaxonrecipes.pdf

Would anyone have any idea as to how authentic and verifiable this is?



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Re: Anglo-Saxon cooking

Postby Medicus Matt » Tue May 26, 2015 7:10 pm

Fiona,

There are no Anglo Saxon recipes (at least not for food...there are a few medical texts that describe preparing foodstuffs as cures for ailments). We do know what ingredients were available (in terms of what meat, vegetables, fish, herbs etc were used) so, to be honest, everything else is just guesswork.
Limitations of cooking facilities, social status, time of year etc should all be considered when preparing the meals but, apart from that, as long as you're sticking within the evidence, combine it in whatever way you fancy.

That pdf is as good a place to start as any.


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Re: Anglo-Saxon cooking

Postby FionaDowson » Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:38 pm

Just came across a book by Debby Banham - Anglo Saxon Food and Drink. Bit pricey (£35). Does anyone know if this is worth buying?



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Re: Anglo-Saxon cooking

Postby Medicus Matt » Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:46 pm

It's an interesting read but not worth £35.
If it''s just recipies you want then Savelli's book is good value at £6:-
http://www.asbooks.co.uk/t%20Tastes-ang ... ngland.htm

If it's a detailed study of food production etc of the period then you can't beat Ann Hagen:-

http://www.asbooks.co.uk/t%20anglo-saxon-food-drink.htm


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Re: Anglo-Saxon cooking

Postby gofer » Mon May 22, 2017 7:29 am

I appreciate this thread is a little old but I was also looking for old Anglo-Saxon and Viking recipes. While there doesn't seem to be much info out there, I did happen to come across this very well presented pdf of old Anglo-Saxon recipes. It's nicely broken down into clear sections and I thought it might be of use here.

Hope it helps

http://nvg.org.au/documents/other/anglosaxonrecipes.pdf



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Re: Anglo-Saxon cooking

Postby Brother Ranulf » Mon May 22, 2017 6:49 pm

I admit to being extremely sceptical about the majority of the so-called Anglo-Saxon recipes given in this document, for a number of reasons:

[1] It is copied directly from another web page (http://www.tjurslakter.nl/viking%20recepten.pdf) which gives "recipes found on the Internet" as its main source.

[2] While many of the "Viking" (does this really mean Scandinavian???) recipes have names in Old Norse, none of the other recipes have Old English names. "A Jellie of Fyshe" and "Fenkel in Soppes" are Middle English and look suspiciously like they have been lifted directly from the Forme of Curie of 1390 - in no way are they Old English.

[3] No original Old English text is cited for any of the recipes.

[4] It gives a recipe for "stuffed dates", but goes on to list the archaeological finds of fruit in the Anglo-Saxon period, presumably from some uncredited environmental archaeological report - and date seeds are not mentioned. I have since confirmed that Old English had no word for dates (the fruit) - the word only came into Middle English in the 13th century from Anglo-Norman French, since it was the Norman aristocracy who first enjoyed these imported treats. A language does not need a word for something unknown in the culture.


All in all, these recipes leave a very bad taste in the mouth.


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