Hermits Cookbook: Monks, Food and Fasting in the Middle Ages Andrew Jotischky

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Hermits Cookbook: Monks, Food and Fasting in the Middle Ages by Andrew Jotischky
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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 isMoreThe 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 pen-portraits 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.



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