Cookbooks aren’t the only place to find food in the past.
Paintings, for instance often have lots of information…..
and sometimes books that seem to have nothing to do with food have a reference that jumps out of the page and begs to be used.
“One measure of Elizabeth’s concern with how she was depicted was the extraordinary control she exercised over her portraits. Every few years she would sit for a court artist whose work would then serve as a model for others to copy. Sometime around 1592, Isaac Oliver made the mistake of accurately rendering the queen as an old lady. Elizabeth let her Privy Council know that the portraits based on this model were unacceptable. A few years later the councillors directed officers to seek out and destroy all portraits of the queen which were to her “great offence”. Some were immediately burned; others met that fate more slowly John Evelyn writes that some of the engravings that were called in were used for years at Essex House for “peels for the use of their ovens.” From that time on, all royal portraits would show Elizabeth as an eternally young woman, her true complexion hidden by a so-called mask of youth.
Shaperio, James. 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare. Harper’s Perennial . 2005. p. 157.
Queen Elizabeth, ever apeeling.