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Herbs for meate and medicine in North Carolina

An adapted version of a talk I gave at Duke Homestead State Historic Site in Durham, North Carolina, in June 2012. Continue reading

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The hen in winter

Thoughts on the discovery of, and commentary on, the oldest known medieval cookbook: There really was no distinction between food and medicine in the thirteenth century, or for several centuries thereafter; every food was thought to have properties that affected health. So even the recipe for “hen in winter,” which a researcher says is just a seasonal formula relying on herbs available in cold weather, looks to me like a preventative for colds and flu: “Heat garlic, pepper and sage with water.” Continue reading

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