Mar. 22nd, 2014

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Some poor soul on tumblr was unfortunate enough to ask what would be appropriate for the Musketeers to eat, and I decided to whip up immediately kilometers of meta on the subject. I happen to have a lot of feelings about 17th century French cuisine (about food in general, but 17th century French cuisine in particular, because Cyrano de Bergerac is one of my favourite plays ever and act II opens basically with food porn for no reason and it's awesome).

17th century is precisely the time where French cuisine come out of the Middle Ages; it's a time of new techniques, new products, and general innovations. 17th century is the "Grand Siècle", the Great Century, and obviously it called for a Grande Cuisine too because hey, THIS. IS. FRAAAAANCE!!!! Before that time, there was virtually no cookbook published for centuries, and in that century one of the first great French cooks called La Varenne published "Le Cuisinier François" ("the French cook") which became a best-seller (and which kept being re-printed until 1815!). It's the very first cookbook that details rules and principles of cooking.

17th century food porn hellz yeah )

So there, I hope this will help you if you ever want to make dishes as an homage to our boys the musketeers, or if you want a spot of food porn in your fanfics, or just if you want to know more about the history of French cuisine; at least I can say I had a lot of fun researching and writing this :)

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