Throwing Shade Renaissance Style

Alternately titled “wherein we learn the Italian art of how to use a salad recipe to insult both the Germans and the English”. Intro The expressions “throw shade“, “throwing shade“, or simply “shade“, are slang terms for a certain type of insult, often nonverbal. Anna Holmes called shade “the art of the sidelong insult”. Merriam-Webster defines it … More Throwing Shade Renaissance Style

Renaissance Mealtime

Renaissance Meals People in the Italies during the Renaissance loved a good handbook; we have massive amounts of prescriptive literature about everything from how to raise a family (Leon Battista Alberti’s Della Famiglia), to how to be a good artist (Cennino Cennini’s Il Libro dell’Arte), to how not to be generally disgusting (Galateo by Giovanni … More Renaissance Mealtime

Nunc est bibendum

In honor of the cherry Visinata/ Vishniak I’m making for Gulf Wars…a few historical drink recipes! Nunc est bibendum… (now is the time for drinking) “Nunc est bibendum” (“Now is the time for drinking”), sometimes known as the “Cleopatra Ode”, is one of the most famous of the odes of the Roman lyric poet Horace, … More Nunc est bibendum

Zucchero (Sugar) in the Early Renaissance

Question: What was 14th/15th Century sugar like? Recipes from various sources refer to sugar as coming in a number of colors, including “black”, “brown”, and “white”. They also call for “loaf sugar”, direct the cook to cast or sprinkle the sugar, grate the sugar, and sometimes to use “powdered” sugar. In a quick (i.e. two minutes) … More Zucchero (Sugar) in the Early Renaissance