363D: Medieval Kitchen

I am hoping you can help me find a book I read probably between ’78-82. I am not sure how reliable my memory is, but what I remember is this: it was a paperback with stories about a kingdom, or maybe a medieval fiefdom. At least one of the stories, or maybe all of them centered on the kitchen having to make a certain dish. There was a big penalty (death? that seems like a lot for what I think I read as an 8 year old) if they didn’t get the recipe right. I think the story was told through a boy getting introduced to the kitchen   There was definitely a recipe for a pound cake, possibly a bundt cake. I know that because I made it many many times as a kid.  I hope you can help me find it!

2 thoughts on “363D: Medieval Kitchen

  1. Eleni

    I’m not sure that they are presented as fiction, but could it be one of Madeleine Pelner Cosman’s books? Aliki’s “A Medieval Feast” is definitely in keeping with your memory of there being a plot but here, too, there’s not a collection of distinct stories, and I don’t remember it containing any recipes.


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