From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up—These well-organized titles provide historical overviews, discussing changes in recipes brought about by changes in ways of life, e.g., agrarian to industrialized economy, the Depression, and limitation of ingredients due to wars. Both books include commentary and recipes. However, neither book states amounts of ingredients, the exception being the third chapter in America, but, even then, not all of the recipes include measurements. Many of the recipes make large batches of a particular dish without stating the number of servings. Text boxes range from "14th-Century Advice to a Young Bride" (Europe
) to "To Dress a Chicken" (America
), and glossaries explain terms not commonly in use today. The black-and-white illustrations of equipment and foods are excellent. Back matter includes extensive bibliographies of cookbooks and good indexes. The series foreword states that the recipes are meant to appeal to "novice" cooks. However, only very experienced or adventurous cooks would try to re-create these dishes.—Marilyn Fairbanks, Azure IRC, Brockton High School, MA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"For cooks with a curiousity about history and for student historians with an interest in cooking, this volume offers a broad sampling of authentic recipes that were used in Europe during the period 1250-1650. Presented in the same form in which they first appeared, the recipes are accompanied by explanations of unfamiliar terms and basic guidelines for preparation."
Reference & Research Book News
"There is a 28 page introduction for students, but the collection of recipes is superlative. From 'roasted cat in the Middle Ages' (though Albala suggests, not a favourite dish) to red carrot sauce in the Late Renaissance (he says it was perhaps the word 'orange' that was not yet invented, not that carrots were really red), this is a book of wonderful detail."
Petits Propos Cullinaires