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An Early Meal - a Viking Age Cookbook & Culinary Odyssey



by Daniel Serra and Hanna Tunberg

“An Early Meal - a Viking Age Cookbook & Culinary Odyssey” is more than just a Viking Age cookbook. It is a combination of a textbook on Viking Age culinary practices and mouthwatering recipes based on archaeological finds and experimental archaeology. 

The book is a result of a 15 year long collaboration between research and experiments of Daniel Serra, culinary archaeologist - experimental archaeologist and doctoral student - and the culinary skills and palate of Hanna Tunberg - foodie, sommelier and archaeologist.


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A cookbook and culinary factbook

A cookbook and culinary factbook based on what we know today about the Viking Age food culture. Both the recipes and the factbook part are based on finds, literary sources, other contemporary sources and experimental archaeology.

In the first part of the book the authors presents the food of the Viking Age. They describe what one may have eaten during the Viking Age, how the food was prepared and the practices that surrounded eating the food. This chapter is based on the yet to be finished doctoral thesis by Daniel Serra, archaeological finds from the period across Scandinavia and a range of various other sources.

The second part is a cookbook presented as a journey through Viking Age Scandinavia with 42 different recipes divided into seven geographical areas. The recipes are based upon archaeological finds and experimental archaeology bound together by the combined archaeological and culinary expertise of Daniel Serra and Hanna Tunberg. Almost all dishes can be cooked just as easily in the kitchen as out in a re-enactors camp.

In addition to the background material and the actual cookbook, there are some very interesting appendixes. Not only do we include an Encyclopedic part, which act as a quick reference guide to both food and cooking equipment, there will also be a list of plant finds and a reference for translation of plants, fish birds and other ingredients between English, Latin, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and German. 


Language: English

192 pages, 44 recipes, 67 images, 80 illustrations


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Birka Vikingastaden                Birka, Sweden

Ekehagen Forntidsby              Åsarp, Sweden

Göteborgsstadsmuseum         Göteborg, Sweden

Jamtli                                    Östersund, Sweden

Loftr Vikingmuseum                Lofoten, Norway

Midgard Historiske senter        Borre, Norway  

Nationalmuseum                     Copenhagen, Denmark

Rosala Viking Center              Rosala, Finland

Sagnlandet Lejre                    Lejre, Denmark

Statens Historiska Museum    Stockholm, Sweden

Trelleborgen                           Trelleborg, Sweden

Vetlanda Museum                  Vetlanda Museum, Sverige

Vikingabyn Storholmen           Norrtälje, Sweden
Vikingagården Gunnes Gård    Upplands Väsby, Sweden
Vikingatider                            Löddeköpinge, Sweden
Vikingeskibsmuseet                Roskilde, Denmark




Shops and retailers:

Battlemerchant                     German online shop for the reenactor
Grimfrost                              Online, Sells world wide
Handelsgillet Norden             Online, Sells world wide

Historiska kompaniet             Linköping, Sweden

Medeltidsmode                     Online shop, Sweden

Potboiler Press                     Online shop, USA

Ravn design                          Bergen, Norway (temp unavailable, try Grimfrost, Handelsgillet or Amazon UK)

Reviews and other coverage of "An Early Meal" and its authors.


In media:


Vetenskapsradion                     Swedish Radio - the Science magazine summer special (In Swedish)

BBC History - Sweden              In nr 6, 2013 in the Swedish edition (In Swedish)

Medieval Histories                    Online magazine on medieval history

The Exarc Journal                    By the the writer of the culinary history blog The Silk Road Gourmet 

Ancient History Encylcopedia   Interview for an online magazine



In blogs:


Vrangtante Brun                        Norwegian foodblog (in English) by a wellresearched culinary reenactor

Anglosaxon10thcenturyeating     Blog from a serious reenactors perspective                        From a site that gathers and writes articles on everything medieval

Table Scraps                            Historic food blog

Clean Cheater                           Blog from someone who is new into Viking reenactment