Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Video: Clarissa and the King's Cookbook

This is a video about the time of King Richard II of England and the cookbook he commissioned, The Forme of Cury. It features Clarissa Dickson Wright (one of the Two Fat Ladies). If you're interested in the history of food or medieval food and food preparation, it's quite interesting. I love the reconstructed kitchen scenes, where the chef sits on a raised chair and manages what goes on in the kitchen. I didn't know that's how a large kitchen was run, so it was cool to see. Meanwhile, a scribe sits in a vestibule copying out what the chef says, as the head chef himself was likely illiterate. They make a few recipes - using medieval techniques - and then have several historians/food critics try it and comment about it.

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