Think beyond the tea and crumpet! A grounding in real food history provides a launching spot for imagination and culinary innovation.
19th century ingredients, regardless of the cook's location on the globe, were limited by transportation and preservation technology. Refrigeration was uncommon; greenhouses were an elite folly; and everyone knew what grew locally in which seasons because items shipped by clipper, steamer, or railroad were truly exotic and expensive.
For both authentic ingredients and cooking methods, visit the Time Travel Kitchen, which re-creates menus from historical cookbooks, by decade, from the 1400's through 1980.
Dining Halls in the Aether
These websites provide photos, recipes and anecdotes to wet the appetite for creative punking of the palate:
Written by a chef and historian with a taste for dinner parties and multi-cultural cuisine. Excellent recipes.
The Steamers Trunk
Click the tags for recipes of "Kagashi's Kitchen" to learn about ancient foodways from around the world.
The "time-traveling adventures in gluten-free cuisine" blend humor with solid recipes, and historical sources with currently-available technology.