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Food of Medieval and Renaissance Scandinavia
Lecture by Daniel Serra
Given at Missouri Southern State University on October 10, 2018
After the end of the Viking age, Scandinavian food culture changed due to contacts and cultural influences. The upper classes were inspired by dishes of continental Europe, and we start to get some literature that can give us more insights into the food culture. In this presentation Daniel Serra will look at the food for both highs and lows in Scandinavia at the time.
Daniel Serra discovered his interest in historical food when he started to study archaeology in the early 1990s. As a student he experimented with ancient Roman, medieval, and renaissance recipes. After graduating he and a friend started a medieval catering business in which they served both food and facts. In 2003 he was accepted as a Ph.D. student with the aim to research the Viking age food culture. Parallel to his ongoing work on a doctoral thesis in the subject, he has been working actively with experimental archaeology in order to get a better understanding of the cooking methods and culinary possibilities of the Viking age and medieval cuisine.