Eat Medieval: Medieval Food and the Modern Kitchen
Eat Medieval is a collaboration with the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle, and historical food expert Caroline Yeldham, with international partners in France and Canada. Medieval cuisine was sophisticated, multi-cultural and wholly unlike its popular image. The research partnership provides support for the restaurant drive to commercialise medieval food, and has organised a number of events, for the general public and for Durham MA and PhD students. The partnership is also involved in the Durham University Catering strategy, under the leadership of the College of St Hild and St Bede. The recent discovery of the earliest culinary recipes in the western tradition, in a medieval manuscript from Durham Cathedral Priory Library, now in Sidney Sussex, Cambridge, provides the current research focus, in terms of academic analysis and commercial actualization. Professor Faith Wallis of McGill University, Monetreal and Dr Giles E. M. Gasper are leading on the exposition of these unique recipes, which transform understanding of medieval palate and tastes; the proof will literally be in the eating.