A Conspiracy of Chefs: Culinary History's Food

Having recovered from last week's mishap, Dame Aoife returns to the wonderful world of weblinks. This week, she brings us a plethora of resources for the culinary arts of the Middle Ages.

Greetings, my Faithful Readers!

As I sit here, snowed in and toasty warm, with the prospect of no school or work tomorrow and the chance to snuggle up with my honeys, naturally my mind turns to...Baking! I always bake on a footloose cold winter day. The dry air is ideal for rising dough and the warmth of the oven helps heat the house.

Of course, there are other ways to keep warm, but cooking up a storm during a winter storm has become a tradition around here. In case you feel inspired, here's cook's resource list, so your kitchen can get medieval.

As always, please pass this list along! This information does no good just sitting here! Share, and pay it forward.



Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon
cozy in her tiny snowed-in house in
The Canton of Riverouge
The Barony of the Endless Hills
The Sylvan Kingdom of Aethelmearc

RecipeSource.com's index of Medieval Recipes
A listing of several, including an article of Medieval Cooking

Stefan's Florilegium
There are 11 subject headings about Food, all with sub-files. Go nuts and explore them all!

Gode Cookery: Medieval Recipe Translations
(Site Excerpt) Here are recipes from several medieval English manuscripts and collections, each in its original language accompanied with a literal translation, and followed by a modern interpretation of the recipe and its cooking procedures.

Medieval and Renaissance Food Homepage
A Long list of links relating to Medieval Food.

Serve It Forth! A Periodical Forum for Historical Cooks
(Site Excerpt) Serve It Forth! is a hardcopy newsletter about pre-17th century cooking, culinary sources, culinary history, ingredients, food, and foodways. It contains book reviews, recipes (both original and redacted), feast plans, tips on kitchen management and the preparation of feasts, anecdotes, and articles and research about all of the above.

Cariadoc's Miscellany Recipe Index

The Middle Kingdom's Cook's Collegium
(Site Excerpt) To further educate people, several generous authors have provided html and PDF versions of research information for use by scholars around the world.

Cooking in Ostgardr
(Site Excerpt) The Crown Province of Østgarðr has a long and honorable tradition of cooking. This page is to serve as a showcase for cooking, feast preparation, recipe reconstruction, etc. carried out by Østgarðrians.

Kingdom of Aethelemarc's Cook's Guild
(Site Excerpt) The Æthelmearc Cooks Guild is an informal collection of folks who enjoy researching, cooking, and serving food in the Sylvan Kingdom & the Known World at large... but mostly, we enjoy chatting about period food and sharing recipes & online resources!

Lochac's Guild of Cooks

West Kingdom Cookerie Guild
(Site Excerpt) The West Kingdom Cookerie Guild is a loosely organized group of individuals within the Kingdom of the West, in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). The guild's goal is to promote the education and making of medieval and renaissance cuisine that encompasses the time period covered by the SCA

Serious Books for Serious Cooks
(Site Excerpt) The Food Heritage Press is your first stop on the internet for scholarly works on food and culinary topics during the Middle Ages.

Cook's Resources
A rather thorough collection of online resources for modern medieval cooks.

Jacinth's Info Mine: Medieval Cooking
Another very comprehensive list of cooking links

The Food Timeline
Where foods originated both by place and time