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07 December 2008 @ 01:30 pm
"BLESSED BE HE THAT INVENTED PUDDING"  
Early modern capslock. Hee.

A French visitor to England, Henri Misson, wrote this in 1719--he seems to have hated most English food, so the pudding was, according to Kate Colquhoun, "a relief almost beyond words" (Taste, 123). Funny to think that the pudding cloth was once an innovation--and that the Elizabethans didn't have it.

I started reading this book, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (2007), ages ago, but it fell as a casualty to the start of the fall semester, and now someone's requested it, so back it must go. Still, I read/took notes on the chapters on Roman Britain and medieval England (you know, for that nebulous future in which I write historical fiction), and if I rush, I might be able to get through the Tudor chapters before it's due...

I still don't know when people stopped boiling their salads, though.