Monday, September 22, 2008

17th Century London

Dirty, lawless, and terrible food according to the diaries of Luisa de Carvajal, who died in 1614.
The food looks good, but has no smell and almost no taste and is not very nourishing. You can't keep it, even in winter, for four whole days without it going off. Since they sell things in pieces and not by weight, you are obliged to buy more than you need for a small household. They get round this by roasting things and keeping them as cold meats or by putting them in pastry.
The complete Times article here. Map details here.