# Monday, January 19, 2004

I've got PDF versions of a couple of food history classes I've taught at SCA events. 

The first is on “Cooking for Cultures with No Extant Recipes”.  Many cultures throughout history haven't used written recipes, but I don't think that should stop us from being able to recreate their cooking.  For example, we don't have an Viking “recipes”, but we do know from the archeological record what ingredients they used, and what equipment they had for cooking.  We can also refer to literature to get a feel for their tastes. 

The second is on the “Evolution of Food Processing Techniques”.  I looked at how food processing techniques have evolved over time, and what impact they have had on daily life.

Enjoy.

Monday, January 19, 2004 10:24:07 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

Thanks to an article in the New York Times (reg. req.) I just found Centropa.  It's a project dedicated to gathering and preserving oral histories of Jews living in Central- and Eastern Europe.  One of their main focuses is food, and they've gathered some pretty interesting recipes and oral histories to go with them. 

Well worth checking out if you're interested in culinary history. 

Monday, January 19, 2004 8:39:05 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0]

Welcome to my new “food blog”. 

I'm completely entranced by food.  I love to cook it, I love to eat it, and I love to read about it.  If I won the lottery tomorrow and could do whatever I wanted to, I'd go back to school and get a degree in culinary history. 

I'm also very interested in nutrition, probably stemming from the fact that my mom has been teaching and learning about nutrition for the last 30 years or so.  I think that many of the problems that plague our society and our world stem from food, either the lack of it, or the commercialization of it.  So many of the health problems in this country (U.S) stem from the fact that people don't eat right. 

On the historical front, I'm active in the SCA, and do my best to recreate times gone by, specially the Viking Age in Scandinavia.  I've been working for several years now on trying to piece together the kinds of food that the Vikings ate, what they cooked it with/on, etc. 

So... 

Look to see all kinds of ramblings here about food, nutrition, recreating historical foods, and anything else I can think of that relates.  I wanted to separate this content from my other blog, which I'd like to reserve for more work related (although not exclusively) stuff.

Monday, January 19, 2004 7:57:05 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [2]