In lists.sca.authentic-sca, you wrote:
>And how, Katherine, do you find this book? Is it pleasing? Is it well
>documented? I'm always on the look out for gifts for Bogdan and this
>sounds as if it would be good, provided it's well documented, etc....
I don't have it on me and haven't looked at it in a little while, but
The author is a re-enactor who has, for some years, been responsible for
bringing these kitchens to life. Most of the buildings are still
standing and usable, and he really seems to know his way around.
The book starts out with a map and side elevation of the buildings and
runs through which rooms were used for what. I was absolutely
fascinated to find out all the different "departments" within the
kitchen complex. It quotes a lot of primary sources such as household
accounts, which I seem to recall were well referenced.
Later he goes on to talk more about the food served, and provides some
recipes. I don't think he gave the original recipe sources, just his
modern interpretation of them, so any SCA cook who values authenticity
will probably treat them with some caution.
Most of the pictures are line drawings, and I think there were a few
photographs of the kitchens in their current state with the re-enactors
at work in there.
Generally speaking, I appreciated the book because it gave me a great
insight into daily life in a huge 16th century household. It was full
of fascinating snippets of information, and reasonably deep as well as
reasonably broad. A damn good overview, but you'd probably want to back
it up with other primary sources before using it as documentation for
any major project.
Kirrily 'Skud' Robert - skud@...
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