A foodie book, seventeenth century style. A fair amount of research went into this book. I'd always wondered about the more minute details of how a kitchen in a manor house or castle operated back in the day. This book goes into exquisite detail with the rather sophisticated menus, food prep, presentation...the sights, smells, ordered chaos...and oh my mouth watered. And then there were the characters and the story. I loved John. Wonderful character.
This book also earns a place on my permanent shelves because of the book's physical beauty. Lovely cover, typography and the illustrations. Oh the illustrations.
Read and savor this book with all your senses.