A Hermit's Cookbook: Monks, Food and Fasting in the Middle by Andrew Jotischky

By Andrew Jotischky

The Egyptian hermit Onuphrios was once stated to have lived totally on dates, and maybe the main well-known of all hermits, John the Baptist, on locusts and wild honey. used to be it particularly attainable to maintain lifestyles on so little nutrients? The historical past of monasticism is outlined via the fierce and passionate abandonment of the standard comforts of existence, the main amazing being food and drinks. A Hermit's Cookbook opens with tales and pen-portraits of the desolate tract Fathers of early Christianity and their fans who have been ascetic solitaries, hermits and pillar-dwellers. It proceeds to discover how the beliefs of the barren region fathers have been revived in either the Byzantine and western traditions, taking a look at the cultivation of meals in monasteries, consuming and cooking, and why searching animals used to be rejected via any self-respecting hermit. choked with wealthy anecdotes, and together with recipes for easy monk's stew and bread soup - and so on - this can be a interesting tale of hermits, clergymen, foodstuff and fasting within the center Ages.

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