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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.
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 present 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 is 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.
Reviews and other coverage of “An Early Meal” and its authors.
- Medieval Histories – Online magazine on medieval history »
- The Exarc Journal – Online magazine »
- Ancient History Encyclopedia – Interview for an online magazine »
- Medievalists.net – A site that gathers and writes articles on everything medieval »
- Vrangtante Brun – Norwegian foodblog by a wellresearched culinary reenactor »
- Anglosaxon 10th Century Eating – blog from a serious reenactors perspective »
- Table Scraps – Historic food blog »
- The Silk Road Gourmet – A culinary history blog »
- Vetenskapsradion Swedish Radio – the Science magazine summer special »
- BBC History – Sweden In nr 6, 2013 in the Swedish edition
Online Shops and retailers:
Battlemerchant German online shop for reenactors
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
Retailers – Museums
Rosala Viking Center Rosala
Birka Vikingastaden Birka
Ekehagen Forntidsby Åsarp
Statens Historiska Museum Stockholm
The Viking Museum Stockholm
Vetlanda Museum Vetlanda Museum
Vikingabyn Storholmen Norrtälje
Vikingagården Gunnes Gård Upplands Väsby
Historical food in all its forms has been a part of Daniel Serra’s life since 1994. As a young archaeology student, he sampled the flavours of ancient Rome by recreating dishes from the Roman cookbook by Apicius. He has since studied, reconstructed, lectured, cooked and tasted his way from Iron Age to Renaissance food, and is now considered an authority on Viking Age and Medieval food by museums and re-enactors in Scandinavia… more »
Hanna Tunberg is a food lover, or as she puts it, “Slave under the pleasures of the palate and the yearning of the taste buds for new experiences”. Not only has she got a master’s degree in Medieval Archaeology but she is also a graduate of the Sommelier School in Malmö (WSET), and is one of the few authorized judges of beer and whisky in Sweden… more »