The Platform for Mediterranean Foodways is organising a seminar entitled 'Eating for health in early modern Europe' delivered by Prof. David Gentilcore, University of Leicester.
The Seminar will be held on Tuesday 29 October 2019 at 18:00 at the Mediterranean Institute (Ħursun Farmhouse),
University of Malta, Msida Campus.
How did early modern Europeans decide what to eat (and drink) and what not to? What factors shaped their decisions? How did they obtain the information necessary and how did this information evolve over the course of the early modern period? These are the kinds of questions my paper seeks to answer, focusing on printed sources of health advice with regard to food consumption.
We shall look at the changing nature of the literary genre itself and the sort of advice it provided, as well as some of the key factors which were supposed to shape people’s individual relationship with food and drink (taste, gender, place, occupation and social rank), before attempting to gauge how early modern Europeans engaged with this advice.