English Horse-breads circa 1600 to 1800

Download the PDF to my article in Gastronomica on the breads fed to race horses in England beginning in the 1590s. It turns out that for centuries the most detailed instructions for making bread published in English were written for horses. Gervase Markham, who is well known amongst culinary historians as the author of the most detailed Early Modern bread recipes in his 1615 book, The English Housewife, actually had worked out the recipes during the preceding twenty years in recipes he wrote for race horses! His horse-bread recipes, and in fact his training system that combined exercise with diet is the basis for all modern training programs for horses — as well as for human athletes.

The Link: Rubel_Gatronomica_Horse-bread

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