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A Hermit's Cookbook: Monks, Food and Fasting in the Middle by Andrew Jotischky

By Andrew Jotischky

The Egyptian hermit Onuphrios was once stated to have lived completely on dates, and maybe the main well-known of all hermits, John the Baptist, on locusts and wild honey. used to be it relatively attainable to maintain existence on so little nutrients? The historical past of monasticism is outlined by way of the fierce and passionate abandonment of the standard comforts of lifestyles, the main awesome being foods and drinks. A Hermit's Cookbook opens with tales and pen-portraits of the desolate tract Fathers of early Christianity and their fans who have been ascetic solitaries, hermits and pillar-dwellers. It proceeds to discover how the beliefs of the wilderness fathers have been revived in either the Byzantine and western traditions, taking a look at the cultivation of nutrition in monasteries, consuming and cooking, and why searching animals used to be rejected through any self-respecting hermit. choked with wealthy anecdotes, and together with recipes for simple monk's stew and bread soup - and so on - it is a attention-grabbing tale of hermits, clergymen, nutrition and fasting within the center Ages.

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