A new site for the historical postings – the mid-century to now, my personal life, will continue as the focus of Foodways Pilgrim

Plays with Fire

This is a introduction.

What Cheer!

Plays with Fire will be focused on hearths and cooking and how the food gets to the cooking hearths and what it meant to people in the past, and what meaning of those past food have for us now…..how to’s, why not’s, way cools and WHAT were they thinking?????

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Actual hearths tell a story – or part of one….

800px-Medievel_kitchen Archeology tells part of the story

800px-Hofwijck_kitchen_hearth This one is in Holland

Title_page_of_OUR_HOME_CYCLOPEDIA,_printed_1889 Cookbooks tell part of the foodways story

I’d like this to be a place to bring the various bits – the history, the extant, the archeological, the art, the cookbooks and the commonplace books to a common table, to figure out a little better the picture puzzle of the past.

lenainpaysans1339541358011 LeNain – French , 17th century

wi5  George Caleb Bingham (American genre painter, 1811-1879)  Family Life on the Frontier George Caleb Bingham American, 1811-1879

As they say at the end of so many medieval and early modern…

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