We’ve been sellingBeeswax linen covers for pots,jugs and other items for a while now. With the heat of your hand, they can be gently pressed around the container, keeping the inside protected and making it easier for storage and transportation.
Here are the documented resources that I have so far been able to track down which show what I believe to be linen beeswax covers over the jugs. Any other sources that I find or am told about will be added to this list so that future people don’t need to go nuts trying to track down original extant sources for this.
The French National Library has a 14th century copy of Tacuinum Sanitatis which has several images of jugs and pots covered with cloth. Some have string tied, some don’t. Several look like jugs with beeswax cloth.
F99 F114 F119 F20 F189 F193 F196 F197 F199 F200
Also the Tacuinum Sanitatis 14th century but a different book?
The annunciation with Saint Emidius, Carlo Crivelli, 1482
(Zoom in onto the shelf above the lady by herself, underneath the peacock)
Interior of a pharmacy (fresco), Italian School, 15th century/Castello di Issogne,
Val d’Aosta, Italy.
The 14th Century encampment menu for the 2016 St Ives Medieval Faire.
This handy little book is a stroke of genius on the publishers part. A collection
of recipes from Apicius as researched and trialled by the author – who just
happens to be the same as co-authored Apicius – A Critical Review. No
wading through pages of discourse, reviews and examinations of potential
influences – just straight to the recipes.
Want to make the snacks for your average roman barfly at the local Taverna?
Or impress the neighbours with a bang up dinner on a week night but you’re
not really into the larks tongues and dormice? Well neither was the average
Roman citizen – even if they could afford it.
Of all the many translations of Apicius, this is the one I’d save if a fire broke
out. The kernel of this book was Sally’s PhD thesis with judicial editing and
input from Christopher Grogock to make it more readable. It is a beautiful – if
hardcore academic – consolidated translation of the various fragments of
Apicius de re Coquinaria around the world.
A feast done in the style of 14th Century English.
No receipes, just a history on cooks.
Receipes and history of Stuart (17th C)
“So what’s a Petworth?”
“Well, it’s a Great Estate in England, built in the 12th Century….”
“It depends on what the pound is selling them for.”
“…. I’m putting that in my review now.”
Something that I think more people should look into is manners. We spend all this time on clothing and cooking but not on how the food it was presented, why it was presented the way it was, and how good mannered people functioned in society in general.