Monday, November 15, 2010

The Book of Trades and To the King's Taste

These two books are not necessarily children's books, but they're still fun and compliment the medieval themes of the latest books I've been listing.

Jost Amman 1973

I love this book- originally published in 1568 it lists all the trades and crafts of 16th century Germany. Written in German (with accompanying woodcuts) it has English translations at the bottom of the pages and also has an interesting introduction that would make for a good history lesson.

Lorna J. Sass 1975

This is a great idea in theory- a cookbook of dishes from the reign of Richard II. Unfortunately not many of them sounded appetizing to me. The design of the book has great period illustrations and is a fascinating look at the cookery of that time. 

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