Festive Feasts Cookbook

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2003 - Cooking - 128 pages

This fascinating cookbook offers the modern cook a tempting selection of ten historical feasts from around the world. Drawn from a vast range of sources, the recipes are compiled and described in their historical context by the author, an expert in recreating historical recipes. From the lavish dishes of the Mughal emperors to the exotic cuisine of the Aztecs, all fifty recipes have been thoroughly modernized and tested, and each menu comes complete with alternative ingredients and serving suggestions.
A perfect gift for year-round entertaining, Festive Feasts Cookbook is beautifully designed and features sumptuous color pictures of food and feasting, including period paintings, illuminated manuscripts, decorative ceramics, prints, and etchings. With lively introductions that provide a cultural background for the recipes, this book has much to offer those interested in creative cooking within a historical context.

Festive Feasts Cookbook includes:
The Return of Odysseus: A Homeric Banquet
The 1001 Arabian Nights: Feasting with the Caliph
Dining at the Court of Lucrezia Borgia
Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast
Banqueting with Mughal Emperors
The Cuisine of the Aztecs
Dinner with Queen Elizabeth I
Jewish Passover Supper: Centuries of Tradition
An Imperial Birthday Banquet in the Forbidden City
Georgian Christmas with Parson Woodforde

Co-published with The British Museum Press, U.K.
The Wisconsin edition is for sale only in the U.S.A. and it's dependencies, Canada, and the Philippines.


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A Homeric Banquet
Feasting with the Caliph S 3 Dining at the Court of Lucrezia Borgia JO 4 Hiawathas Wedding Feast
Banqueting with Mughal Emperors 6 The Cuisine of the Aztecs
Dinner with Queen Elizabeth I
Centuries of Tradition 92
i0 Georgian Christmas with Parson Woodforde ii6 Further Reading

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About the author (2003)

Michelle Berriedale-Johnson has advised the BBC and the English Tourist Board on historical English food and ran a catering business specializing in the creation of historical feasts. A frequent contributor to magazines, she is also the author of numerous books including The British Museum Cookbook, Food Fit for Pharaohs, Pepys at Table, The Victorian Cookbook, and Sainsbury s Quick Meals.

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