"Now Gentlemen Readers, or all of what degree so
doe read this, I pray you all to take notice that you are my Guests,
the entertainment and Dyet you are like to have, I pray take it in good
Quotations from Taylor's Feast,
a good laughe? Hungry for a jape or two? Then step into
of Mirth where the table is set with humorous tales of cooks,
food, dining & eating, from both period & secondary sources.
you will read of the miserly old Tanner and his pudding-pie, learn how
to make your master a foole, see how 200 cooks prepare cheese for a
and follow the adventure of poor old fat Gent and his unlucky Posset.
of these tales may be a bit bawdy but all are wonderful examples of the
humor of their time and are proof that throughout the ages, mirth is
at the dinner table.
A Bill of Fare - "A
of Fare, invented
by the choisest Pallats of our time, both for Worth and Wit, wherein
appointed such Rare and Admirable Dishes, as are not to bee had every
A Chyne of Beefe roasted -
of Beefe was once given to Mr. John Fletcher, (the poet) he pray'd his
Hostesse, (being an old woman neere the Bank-side, where he lodged) to
salt it well seven or eight daies..."
A cup of Sacke - "Now
is but folly
to offer a little Sacke to my Readers, for it is not a little or small
Sack that can hold them; yet for all that they may hold or contayne a
A cup of small Beere - "A
dwelt tenne miles from London, sent his Footman in all haste to the
to tell a Merchant welcome newes of a rich Unkle of his lately dead,
had left him somewhat to make him merry for his Death, with an out-side
mourning in Blacke, and an in-side laughing with Sacke..."
A Foole and A Tale of a Foole
- "To furnish
a Feast compleatly, there must be Tarts, Custards, Flawnes,
and by al meanes a Foole or two..."
A fresh Salmon - "The
good, old, and
truely right Honourable Charles Earle of Nottingham, Lord High Admirall
of England, whose renowned memory shall nver bee forgotten untill his
Houskeeping bee generally imitated..."
A Leicester-shire Frolick; Or,
- "Being a merry composed jest of Five Taylors that had been at
till their Wages came to 5 pounds, likewise a merry conceited Cook-maid
that lived in the house, went to her Master and desired him to lend her
a horse, and she would venture her skill to take the 5-pound from these
five Taylors, without either Sword or Pistol, in a jesting way..."
A messe of Mustard - "Three
of the ancient race of Redsbanks, (now called Highland-men, because
inhabite in the Mountaynous parts of the North of Scotland) these three
having occasion to come into England..."
A Pigge - "A Collier,
having loaden his Cart with Coales for London, a woman that dwelt neare
him that was Nurse to a Marchants child of the City, desired the
to remember her humble service to her Maister and Mistresse..."
A Posset - "The
Fleet-street, at Chancery-lane end, hath a long time bin a contenting
A Pudding-pye - "An
with a beggerly minde, did use Hartfourd Market constantly every
A Spitch-cocke, or roasted
turn'd to a
Bull - "There was a great Dispute held amongst good fellows
of what thing in the world would live longest after exquisite and
Torments: the Judgement was generall, that it was an Eele..."
Cheese - "One brag'd
when he was married, that he had at least two hundred Cookes to dresse
his Wedding Dinner..."
Musicke - "Three of
merry with drinke and discourse in a Taverne, a Musitian proffer'd them
Musicke, which was deny'd, within a little time after another ask'd the
same question, Gentlemen, will you have any Musicke..."
Powderd Beefe and Cabbage
(now living) named Gilford, dwelt on the Bank-side, and comming home to
his Dinner, which was Beefe and Cabbage..."
Puddings and Sawsadges - "The
and the Sawsadges will bee cold Gentlemen, if you doe not fall to, and
then they will not be worth a sir-reverance; and methinks it is an
peece of Logick, to prove a Pudding to bee a perpetuall motion, for it
is alwayes moving..."
Strong Beere - "Two
soldiers of old acquaintance,
having beene long asunder, chanced to meete, and after salutations they
agree'd to enter an Ale-house..."
Twelve Woodcockes in a Dish
sixe or seaven new molded Gallants, (whose outsides were silke and
and their insides jeeres and flashes) were invited to a worthy
House to dinner, where amongst a great deale of other good cheare,
was brought to the Board a Jury of Woodcockes in one Dish..."
and Wine - "A
two miles from a Market-towne, where (at a Taverne) hee caused some
of Wine to be fill'd to carry home, because he had invited some friends
to his house to eate a Venison Pasty with him the next day..."
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