Renaissance Fare — chefs of Provence ca. 1600

Among my current tasks to prepare my historic novel manuscript for its final edit, I need to locate some of the foodstuffs my protagonist, Irene, would have had available in 1630. To that end, I have found a translated handbook, the Viandier of Taillevent or “The Meaty Wind-slicer,” that was compiled for the benefit of courtly…

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Historical Leanings & the Healing Arts

Here’s the next book I hope to read, Immortal, by Traci L. Slatton. Her bio reads that she used to do hands-on healing. I’m fascinated to see how this ancient healing method merged with art history will develop into a plot. I have tried doing both, myself, in a fashion. I’ve mixed the theme of…

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