Tasting Life Twice

Author Crystal King muses on life, history, writing and food.

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Cherry Sops - A Delicious Renaissance Recipe

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Crystal King Nov 11, 2020 8:00:00 AM
Cherry Sops - A Delicious Renaissance Recipe

When I was researching my novel, THE CHEF'S SECRET, I discovered that in the Renaissance, often a chef was as important to helping the ill and wounded as a physician might be. This is evident in Bartolomeo Scappi's 1570 cookbook, which has 218 recipes specific for the sick. These recipes include "prepared potions, broths, concentrates, pastes, barley dishes and many other preparations needed by the sick and convalescent. Interestingly enough, some of the most delicious recipes among the thousands in his cookbook appear in this section, especially sweet dishes.