A Russian Spice Chest

A detailed picture of the contents of a Russian spice chest is contained in the Domostroi, a Russian household management manual written in Muscovy between 1550 and 1600. It mentions the following spices and favourings:

[this list is drawn from Carol Johnston Pouncey, ed. and trans., The Domostroi: Rules for Russian Households in the Time of Ivan the Terrible (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1994.]

Some further information, for various eras, can be drawn from references in R.E.F. Smith and David Christian, Bread and Salt: A social and economic history of food and drink in Russia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984).

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Author: David Dendy 1998-2002
This page was last updated on 17/02/02.