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The Renaissance was a time of refinement and sophistication in Europe. People lived by the philosophy that Life is Beautiful and they tried to make everything around them beautiful, including their food.
Lavish banquets and feasts were prepared for special occasions or to impress people. The printing press allowed people to publish cookbooks and etiquette rules that dictated how dishes were to look and taste and the proper ways to present them. Many of these rules reflect the way we serve fancy meals today; start with a soup, followed by a fish course, then a meat course, a salad, and finally dessert.
Not all of their rules were the same however. The use of a fork did not become popular until late in the 17th century, so people used their hands to eat. They also still ate from a common plate, meaning that everyone at the table ate their food from the same dish.
Recipes from the Renaissance, a time of refinement and sophistication in Europe.
This brown bread is a good example of what commoners ate with their meals.
This pastry dish is savory and can be eaten for any meal!