Did people drink water in the Middle Ages?
One of the oddest myths about the Middle Ages is that people did not drink water.
Honey trade was widespread in late medieval Europe, study finds
Europe was a veritable beehive of activity when it came to the medieval honey trade. A study just published in the Journal of…
The Ordeal of Bread and Cheese: A Trial Like No Other
By Andrea Maraschi Although their origins were older, ordeals were still practiced in medieval Europe. Usually, they were aimed at verifying an individual’s…
The Golden Spice: Saffron in Medieval Europe
Saffron is one of the world’s prized spices: rare, costly, and of a distinctive flavour.
Learn about medieval cooking with five-day course
If you want to learn about how people in the Middle Ages cooked and ate, you might want to be in Newcastle this September for a five-day in-person course.
Medieval Recipes: Spiced French Wine
This 14th-century recipe is made with wine, honey, and variety of spices. It is a modern recreation based on instructions in the book Le Ménagier de Paris.
Dinner in the Byzantine Empire
This episode of the Medieval Grad Podcast is tasty! Adam Morin discusses with Lucie Laumonier the ins and out of Byzantine cuisine. What did a Byzantine grocery list look like? And what did people eat?
The Mongol Khans and Alcohol
A look at the Mongol royal courts and their relationship with alcohol.
A Medieval Wedding Feast in Bologna
If you wanted to hold a medieval wedding feast, you could do well to follow the example given by Annibale II Bentivoglio and Lucrezia d’Este in 1487.
We all eat white bread because of 7th-century missionaries to England
There are many types of bread in the world, but white bread is the most popular. The reason for this goes back to seventh-century England.
Who was eating meat in early medieval England?
Very few people in England ate large amounts of meat before the Norse settled, and there is no evidence that elites ate more meat than other people, a major new bioarchaeological study suggests.
A medieval recipe for a Meatless Mushroom Dish
This 13th-century recipe comes from Iberia and is made with mushrooms, eggs, and other readily available ingredients.
Online course on medieval Christmas cooking to start next month
A five-day virtual cookery course which will recreate a medieval Christmas with recipes from Germany, France and England, will be hosted by the team at Eat Medieval next month from December 6th to 10th.
Shieldmaiden in the Kitchen
Shieldmaiden in the Kitchen is a YouTube channel by Terri Barnes, a medievalist historian who focuses on the Viking Age. On the channel she combines and shares her love of history and cooking with how-to videos and recipes.
The Medieval Origins of Pumpkin Spice
In a very real way, the Age of Exploration was fueled by the desire… for pumpkin spice.
Online medieval cookery course to teach about 12th century sauces
A five-day virtual cookery course which revisits the collection of 12th-century sauces, is being staged from 4-8 October 2021.
The ‘Healthy’ Medieval Diet
I found that the word ‘diet’ does come into English – it’s originally Greek and then Latin – during the Middle Ages as early as the 13th century and it has a wide range of meanings from a whole course of life, a way of living or thinking, a way of feeding a restricted prescribed course of food for those who are ill or in prison.
Eat Like a Medieval King: Dietary Advice to Theuderic I
The following tips are taken from De observatione ciborum epistula, written by Anthimus to Theuderic I, King of the Franks around Metz between 511 and 534.
Researchers learn about what they ate in medieval Sicily from cooking pots
Organic residues on ceramic pottery are a valuable resource for understanding medieval cuisines of Islamic-ruled Sicily, according to a study published today in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.
Gens experts & non suspects: Recipe Transmission in the World of Professional Parisian Cooks, Charcutiers, and Caterers, 1475-1599
This paper examines three shared perspectives that guildspersons of the Rôtisseurs,Charcutiers, and Cuisiniers of Paris took pains to teach to their apprentices.
Online medieval cooking course to take place this summer
An interactive five-day online medieval cookery course with recipes from the Forme of Cury, the most famous English cookbook of the Middle Ages, is being hosted by Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle in collaboration with Durham University’s Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies.
Let it fake bleed: medieval objects and vegan meat substitutes
In this illustrated talk, medievalist Kathryn Rudy considers diverse approaches to fake blood and flesh.
800-year-old medieval pottery fragments reveal Jewish dietary practices
A team of scientists have found the first evidence of a religious diet locked inside pottery fragments excavated from the early medieval Jewish community of Oxford.
Love, Lust, and Libido: Aphrodisiacs in Medieval Europe
Delve into the period cookbooks, artworks, and courtly feasting cultures of northern Europe to discover ingredients, recipes, and customs thought to arouse the libido, heighten pleasure, increase potency or, conversely, kill the mood.
Medieval Beer with Noëlle Phillips
Beer: it’s delicious, it’s nutritious, and it’s inseparable from ideas of the Middle Ages. This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle speaks with Dr. Noëlle Phillips about medieval beer: who was making it, who was drinking it, and how the brewing industry leans on the medieval world for its marketing today.