I mean diet as in “The usual food and drink of a person or animal” NOT “A regulated selection of foods for cosmetic weight loss.”
Quite awhile ago I was interested in survival foods and what it took to keep someone alive for a given amount of time. I went a week ingesting nothing but water just to see what it felt like.
I’m a historical buff too, and lately have pursued my interest in the kitchen to make plenty of dishes from historical eras…some with unfortunate results (‘hard tack night’ quickly turned into ‘pizza night’). In this quest I’ve searched for the common man’s diner because, shit, a 12th century Venetian could eat pepper if he had had the cash.
Recipes are tricky because food that isn’t very good doesn’t make it into the next generations cookbooks, but my main problem is that I’ve been unable to find accurate quantities.
I’m 6’1’’ and 210 lbs. so I’d be pretty large for a medieval peasant but still…what would I eat for a week on a viking ship headed for Lindisfarne? As a Roman grunt stationed on Hadrian’s Wall, what would my weeks ration be? Or a pyramid building slave? Dark Age Benedictine monk?
I expect it to be dull and bland…I also expect to drink a lot of booze (which will make this really interesting)
Any recipe cites would be appreciated but if they included historically accurate quantities you’d be worshiped.