Living and Dining in Medieval Paris

The Household of a Fourteenth Century Knight

Nicole Crossley Holland

Nicole Crossley Holland

Distributed for University of Wales Press

244 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 1996
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9780708316474 Published February 2000 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
At the center of this richly detailed account of the culinary world of fourteenth-century Paris lies the Ménagier de Paris, a manuscript covering all aspects of food preparation and household skills, written by a well-to-do knight for his fifteen-year-old wife.  Through her meticulous study of the manuscript, Nicole Crossley-Holland paints a vivid picture of life in the knight's household: his city residence with its walled vegetable and herb garden; his home farm which provided meat and dairy produce; the country estate where he trained sparrowhawks and hunted wild boar.
 
The author gives a comprehensive description of medieval food economy.  Methods of food preservation, cooking techniques, recipes and presentation are thoroughly explored.  Menus, ranging from the simple and everyday to elaborate wedding feasts, are described in detail.
 
The author of the Ménagier has remained anonymous for over six hundered years.  Now, in a remarkable piece of scholarly detective work, Nicole Crossley-Holland reveals his identity...
Contents
Acknowledgements
 
Foreword by Henry Loyn
 
Introduction
 
I THE TOWN AND COUNTRY DOMAINS
 
The Parisian Residence
The Paris Garden
The Home Farm
The Country Estate
 
II STOCKING THE LARDER
 
Production, Provision and Cost
From Field, Garden and Vineyard
From River, Pond and Sea
Cattle, Sheep and Pigs
Game and Poultry
From the Diary
Sugar and Spice
 
III FROM KITCHEN TO HALL
 
Comfort with Economy
Cooking Tips and Techniques
The Joy of the Senses
 
APPENDICES
1     Research Leading to the Ménagier's Identification
2     A Code of Good Table Manners
3     Non-culinary Recipes in the Ménagier
4     A Recipe for Ypocras
5     Early Street Cries of Paris
 
Bibliography
 
Sources of Illustrations
 
Index
 
 
 
 
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