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

By Andrew Jotischky

The Egyptian hermit Onuphrios was once acknowledged to have lived totally on dates, and maybe the main well-known of all hermits, John the Baptist, on locusts and wild honey. was once it quite attainable to maintain lifestyles on so little nutrients? The background of monasticism is outlined through the fierce and passionate abandonment of the normal comforts of lifestyles, the main notable 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 barren region fathers have been revived in either the Byzantine and western traditions, the cultivation of nutrients in monasteries, consuming and cooking, and why looking animals used to be rejected through any self-respecting hermit. jam-packed with wealthy anecdotes, and together with recipes for simple monk's stew and bread soup - and so forth - it is a attention-grabbing tale of hermits, priests, meals and fasting within the heart Ages.

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