Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Subtleties&Stuffe Ivan Day

Ivan Day

I mentioned sometime back that I would be mentioning and sharing sources. Up to now I have been mentioning various historical books and passages of interest.

Here’s a living sourcebook of sorts.

One hardly knows were to begin when mentioning the work of the food historian Ivan Day. There are his many books and articles, his website, his blog, his work on museum and gallery displays around the world, his marvelous classes, his funny and informative lectures, and last but not least, his radio, television, podcast, and YouTube appearances.
Of special note:
For anyone doing subtleties or sugar sculptures, make an effort to borrow a copy of Ivan’s Royal Sugar Sculpture. 600 Years of Splendour. Barnard Castle, UK: The Bowes Museum, 2002. An exhibit catalogue created to accompany a special exhibit of sugar and confectionery moulds. Ivan surveys the history of sugar sculptures and trionfi. 46 pp., color and b/w illustrations. Bibliography. Sadly it’s out of print, but it’s worth seeking out from a library.
His Shire Album is a real treat for those readers who collect works on the topic. Ice Cream: A History. Shire Library, 2011. Other works include: Cooking in Europe, 1650-1850. Hint: Many of Ivan’s other writings are contained in the collections of papers from the Leeds Symposium on Food History and Traditions. One collection, which he edited, is titled Over a Red Hot Stove: Essays in Early Cooking Technology. (2009).
One of his YouTube contributions is “Supper with Shakespeare: The Evolution of English Banqueting” which highlights an exhibit from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qebdv6yH2B8
His website Historic Food is at http://www.historicfood.com

His blog Food History Jottings is at foodhistorjottings.blogspot.com/

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