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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 solely on dates, and maybe the main well-known of all hermits, John the Baptist, on locusts and wild honey. used to be it fairly attainable to maintain existence on so little meals? The heritage of monasticism is outlined through the fierce and passionate abandonment of the normal comforts of lifestyles, the main extraordinary being food and drinks. A Hermit's Cookbook opens with tales and pen-portraits of the barren region 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 barren region 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 looking animals was once rejected by way of any self-respecting hermit. jam-packed with wealthy anecdotes, and together with recipes for easy monk's stew and bread soup - and so forth - this can be a attention-grabbing tale of hermits, priests, meals and fasting within the center Ages.

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