Cooking and Eating in Renaissance Italy: From Kitchen to Table

Cooking and Eating in Renaissance Italy: From Kitchen to Table

by Katherine A. McIver


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Renaissance Italy’s art, literature, and culture continue to fascinate. The domestic life has been examined more in recent years, and this book reveals the preparation, eating, and the sociability of dining in Renaissance Italy. It takes readers behind the scenes to the Renaissance kitchen and dining room, where everyday meals as well as lavish banquets were prepared and consumed. Katherine McIver considers the design, equipment, and location of the kitchen and food prep and storage rooms in both middle-class homes and grand country estates. The diner’s room, the orchestration of dining, and the theatrical experience of dining are detailed as well, all in the context of the renowned food and architectural scholars of the day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442227187
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/16/2014
Series: Rowman & Littlefield Studies in Food and Gastronomy Series
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 843,853
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Katherine McIver is a professor emerita of art history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the author of Women, Art, and Architecture in Northern Italy, 1520-1580: Negotiating Power (winner of a Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Book Award), the editor and contributorof Wives, Widows, Mistresses, and Nuns in Early Modern Italy: Making the Invisible Visible through Art and Patronage (2012), and has also written about dining in Gastronomica and New Perspectives on the Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1: The Renaissance Kitchen and the Experience of Dining, an introduction
2: From Kitchen to Table in the Late Middle Ages
3: The Renaissance Cook and his Kitchen
4: Meals, Mealtimes and Menus
5: From Kitchen to Table: The Art of Dining
6: The Next Century in the Kitchen and at the Table, a final word
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