What Kings Ate And Wizards Drank
Author: Krista D. Ball
Publisher: Tyche Books
Genre: Non-fiction, Reference, Food, History, Writers Guide
Release Date: November 1, 2012
Format Read & Source: Epub and PDF from the author. I’ve also ordered the print copy.
Why I Read It: Well, to start with, I’m a big fan of Krista’s writing. Then the premise was intriguing; a reference book for writers and readers, talking about the practicalities of eating and drinking in historical worlds? With recipes thrown in and Krista’s sense of humor? Reading it was a no-brainer.
Book Blurb (from author):
Equal parts writer’s guide, comedy, and historical cookbook, fantasy author Krista D. Ball takes readers on a journey into the depths of epic fantasy’s obsession with rabbit stew and teaches them how to catch the blasted creatures, how to move armies across enemy territories without anyone starving to death, and what a medieval pantry should look like when your heroine is seducing the hero.Learn how long to cook a salted cow tongue, how best to serve salt fish, what a “brewis” is (hint: it isn’t beer), how an airship captain would make breakfast, how to preserve just about anything, and why those dairy maids all have ample hips.What Kings Ate will give writers of historical and fantastical genres the tools to create new conflicts in their stories, as well as add authenticity to their worlds, all the while giving food history lovers a taste of the past with original recipes and historical notes.
In societies where wood stoves were used, apples could be sliced and hung on strings over the stove, the warmest and dries part of the house. Mushrooms, likewise, can be threaded with a needle and twine, and hung over the hearth or stove. (You won’t want to do this in a Steampunk story or any urban-based story with coal. Coal stoves eventually coat everything in black soot that tastes really foul. Follow the advice of Mrs. Beeton (a Victorian cookery guru) and put the drying goodies in the wooden cupboards near the stove, where spices and salt were stored. Still warm, but less soot.) These small details can be twisted and massaged into making a lovely setting.
…the hot desert sun was prefect for laying fish out on the roofs of houses to dry.Smoking and salting is the most common methods…If potatoes were not in the diet, than bread and beer would…I quickly became aware that it was so more complex than dealing with…Never in my life have I felt more in line with the Romans, the original Borg from Star Trek,…