Food, Eating and Identity in Early Medieval England by Allen J. Frantzen
Description: A look at food in a more everyday sense than just feasts and celebrations. This takes a look at the meaning of food and the activity of food preparation in everyday like during Anglo-Saxon times in England by examining texts and archaeological finds.
My Impression: This is an intensely researched all encompassing look at food and everyday life for the Anglo-Saxons. This is a subject that fascinates me and is definitely on trend with the growing interest in farm-to-table eating and knowing where your food comes from. In this book we are able to see food in a back to basics way long before anything approaching industrialized farming. While this is an interesting topic put forward in a readable manner it is more of a text book than a read for pleasure style book. I liked that Frantzen included a very detailed table of contents so that it was possible to go to the sections you were most interested in. As well I think this would work better in hard copy form as it contains a large number of foot notes and that would make it easier to flip to different sections. This would be a fantastic research source.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes
Would I Recommend this Book?: This would be an excellent source for any kind of project of class regarding the way food was used in everyday life in Anglo-Saxon times.