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  • "Each course in Bishop Chandler's banquet was concluded by a 'subtlety,' or sotelty, a theatrical representation of a sacred or historical figure, an animal, or often a historical event. The subtlety, known on the continent as an entremet formed a kind of intermission in the service of the banquet but could also be integrated in the meal, even at times serving as a surprise addition to the courses or at least a theoretically edible sculpture."

    Paul Freedman, Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination (New Haven and London: Yale UP, 2008), 30.

    "The most grandiose way to give food a golden look was to wrap gold foil around it--hence Master Chiquart's need for those eighteen pounds of gold leaf for the two-day banquet mentioned in his cookbook. Among his grand offerings is an entremet consisting of wild boar's head served with the boar's feet, the head having one side glazed with green sauce and the other covered with gold foil. This heraldic-looking dish was to be brought to the table breathing fire by means of a wick soaked in camphor and set alight." (p. 37)

    November 27, 2017