A Hermit's Cookbook Hardback

Monks, Food and Fasting in the Middle Ages

by Andrew Jotischky;

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A Hermit's Cookbook

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How did medieval hermits survive on their self-denying diet? What did they eat, and how did unethical monks get around the rules? The Egyptian hermit Onuphrios was said to have lived entirely on dates, and perhaps the most famous of all hermits, John the Baptist, on locusts and wild honey. Was it really possible to sustain life on so little food? The history of monasticism is defined by the fierce and passionate abandonment of the ordinary comforts of life, the most striking being food and drink. "A Hermit's Cookbook" opens with stories and penportraits of the Desert Fathers of early Christianity and their followers who were ascetic solitaries, hermits and pillar-dwellers. It proceeds to explore how the ideals of the desert fathers were revived in both the Byzantine and western traditions, looking at the cultivation of food in monasteries, eating and cooking, and why hunting animals was rejected by any self-respecting hermit. Full of rich anecdotes, and including recipes for basic monk's stew and bread soup - and many others - this is a fascinating story of hermits, monks, food and fasting in the Middle Ages.

A Hermit's Cookbook by Andrew Jotischky was published by Continuum in June 2011 and is our 53475th best seller. The ISBN for A Hermit's Cookbook is 9780826423931.

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Details for A Hermit's Cookbook

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherContinuum (June 2011)
Number of Pages208
Thickness20 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code3772820
Page last updated 29th May 2018
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