The earliest posts on this blog largely explored an obscure subject: the food of the early Middle Ages in France. Even those who follow medieval food typically write off the food of the centuries before the thirteenth century - and with them most, not just some, medieval food. But a review of those early posts will already show there is a great deal to learn about the food of the first medieval centuries in France: the centuries ruled by the Merovingians and then the Carolingians.
Now, at least, you can read in depth about that period in medieval food, in the new book:
Feasting with the Franks
The First French Medieval Food
In this book, you will find a methodical review of the foods and drinks known for this period, followed by a look at which of these were selected for different groups, how they were prepared and served, the dishware and furniture used, and, widening the view, the sites and structures and infrastructure around food production and trade. The last chapters look at food and religion and food and health, before ending with a comparison of this early medieval food with the more familiar late medieval food. Those who would like to actually try making some of this food will find guidelines and actual recipes in an Appendix.
For a look at the Table of Contents, see: http://www.chezjim.com/books/Franks.html. Click on the Kindle link to see an extensive preview Inside the Book.
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