Friday, August 12, 2011

Past lives at the table

There are some who still question the value of documentation a la blogs, Facebook, Foodspotting, etc., but I, for one, enjoy being a voyeur to history, learning how others—of high and low station and every point in between—lived their lives. I imagine people a hundred years from now would enjoy doing the same, although they would have to sift through many more mountains of information.

Artist Mary Mitstuda turned me on to the website for art reasons, but I found these menus for the coronation of Tsar Alexander III. Wish I could read the Russian; the French is easier to comprehend because the recipes may have changed but the ingredients and styles of dishes remain standards on menus today.

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