A smörgåsbord of thoughts and tidbits of facts about the history of food.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Oldest Written Recipe!
From imgur.com comes an excellent picture of the oldest written recipe. It's a Sumerian clay tablet containing a recipe for beer. It's an excellent photograph; it's so clear that, if you can read Sumerian pictographs, you could read the recipe yourself. You can see the picture here.
Welcome to "The Cold Table" (formerly called "Table Scraps" and, less recently, "Food Through Time")! This is a blog about the history of food worldwide. It's about the origins of foodstuffs; recreating period foods, cooking techniques, and cooking utensils; historic ideas about food and nutrition; eating customs; and tableware. I will also do reviews of books discussing any of the above topics. I hope you enjoy this blog, and find it worth reading and commenting upon.
Because we are also part of history, modern food and cuisine are part of the story, and fair topics for this blog (though my preferred area of interest is historic food, particularly food before 1600 CE). Non-food issues are off-topic, and I reserve the right to remove off-topic comments without notice.
I'm married to the Eric S. Raymond who's responsible for "The New Hacker's Dictionary," "The Cathedral and the Bazaar," and other works of intellectual mayhem. I'm a lawyer by profession, but my real loves are medieval history and
historic costume, and have been since adolescence. I've come from
machine sewing polyester t-tunics to handsewing period-documentable
designs in pure wool and linen. Maybe I'll get into historical
reenactment when I finally retire from law.