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The Banquet

Dining in the Great Courts of Late Renaissance Europe

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The Banquet by Ken Albala
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The importance of the banquet in the late Renaissance is impossible to overlook. Banquets showcased a host\u2019s wealth and power, provided an occasion for nobles from distant places to gather together, and even served as a form of political propaganda. But what was it really like to cater to the tastes and habits of high society at the banquets of nobles, royalty, and popes? What did they eat and how did they eat it? In The Banquet, Ken Albala covers the transitional period between the heavily spiced and colored cuisine of the Middle Ages and classical French haut cuisine. This development involved increasing use dairy products, a move toward lighter meats such as veal and chicken, increasing identification of national food customs, more sweetness and aromatics, and a refined aesthetic sense, surprisingly in line with the late Renaissance styles found in other arts.

Author Biography

Ken Albala is an associate professor of history at the University of the Pacific. He is the author of Eating Right in the Renaissance and other books.
Release date NZ
August 15th, 2017
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Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
University of Illinois Press
Pages
248
ISBN-13
9780252083075
Product ID
26800322

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