Kenneth B. Albala. Eating Right in the Renaissance.(California Studies in Food and Culture, 2.) Berkeley and Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. : University of California Press "UC Press" redirects here, but this is also an abbreviation for University of Chicago Press
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Medical treatises on diets have been used by food historians ever since a social and cultural approach to this field emerged some twenty years TWENTY YEARS. The lapse of twenty years raises a presumption of certain facts, and after such a time, the party against whom the presumption has been raised, will be required to prove a negative to establish his rights.
2. ago. Among the first authors to have drawn attention to how important this type of source could be was the late Jean-Louis Flandrin followed by many of his doctoral students. Although the vast resources of diet literature were not used in any systematic way in the early stages of food history, a great deal of work on this kind of document has been done in the past two decades. Two relatively recent books on this same subject should be mentioned here. The first to have been published is Melitta Weiss Adamson's, Medieval Dietetics dietetics /di·e·tet·ics/ (-iks) the science of diet and nutrition.
The branch of therapeutics concerned with the practical application of diet in relation to health and disease. : Food and Drink in Regimen Sanitatis Literature from 800 to 1400 (Frankfurt am Main, 1995), followed by the more recent volume by Heikki Mikkeli, Hygiene in the Early Modern Medical Tradition (Helsinki, 1999). Ken Albala's book is, nevertheless, the first to explore diet literature primarily from the point of view of the medical discourse(s) on food and the advice this literature broadcast to its readers.
The time frame taken into account is roughly posterior posterior /pos·ter·i·or/ (pos-ter´e-er) directed toward or situated at the back; opposite of anterior.
1. Located behind a part or toward the rear of a structure. to that examined by Melitta Weiss Adamson and is based on printed diet literature published from the 1470s to circa circa
prep. Abbr. ca
In approximately; about. 1650. The book is subdivided into eight chapters, beginning with a useful though brief overview of the genre. The second chapter describes how doctors imagined the human body and the physiology of its nutrition, an essential cornerstone in order to place dietary recommendations into a proper historical context. The next two chapters deal with what doctors called the "six non-naturals," beginning with a chapter devoted to food, its qualities, degrees, flavor, virtues, etc. followed by a chapter on the other five "non-naturals" grouped together: (1) air, (2) sleep and waking, (3) motion and rest, (4) evacuation and repletion, (5) passions of the soul--all factors that were thought to have a profound effect on the human body. The rest of the book is devoted to a series of chapters concerning what diet literature can tell us about the perception and consumption of food, ranging from the question of individual consumption (chap. 5) to more general considerations such as class distinctions through food consumption (chap. 6) and an analysis of "Food and Nation" modeled on Norbert Elias' somewhat outdated work on the "civilizing process" (chap. 7). The last chapter of the book, a conclusion of sorts, deals with one of the most hotly debated questions among food historians, that of the complex relationship existing between medicine and cuisine in the Middle Ages and early modern period.
This book is an ambitious attempt to explore a type of source that has long intrigued food historians as well as historians of medicine. Its merit lies, above all, in providing an overall view of this field even though it limits itself to the later developments of a genre that was already popular in the fourteenth century (as testified by the hundreds of manuscripts that have survived from this period). Ken Albala's book provides a useful introduction to food history and to the various kinds of interpretations that dietary literature lends itself to. The different chapters in this book are not, however, always equally convincing. Particularly problematic is the first chapter presenting an overview of the genre, an admittedly difficult but necessary task. By glossing over the rebirth re·birth
1. A second or new birth; reincarnation.
2. A renaissance; a revival: a rebirth of classicism in architecture. of dietary texts and their rapidly developing popularity in the two centuries preceding the period chosen for this book, the author creates the erroneous impression of a genre that appears after 1470 and owes little or nothing to its medieval precursors.
In conclusion, some words of caution as to the use of dietary literature as a source. The rich and complex world these texts open up risks making historians forget the difference between these theoretical works and the reality of actual diets. Although dietary literature is without a doubt an important source that permits us to better understand the norms propagandized by doctors (and the society in which they lived), we also need to compare this prescriptive pre·scrip·tive
1. Sanctioned or authorized by long-standing custom or usage.
2. Making or giving injunctions, directions, laws, or rules.
3. Law Acquired by or based on uninterrupted possession. literature with what we can piece together concerning what foods people actually consumed on a daily basis. Last but not least, we need to do more work on the readership of this fascinating literature and its impact radius, notably by looking for Looking for
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