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Getty Salad Garden: Marcia Reed

Making salad with a curator and a culinary historian. More»

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Reconstructing Medieval Bread

Baking Bread / Unknown illuminator, Belgium
Baking Bread (detail) in a psalter by an unknown illuminator, Belgium, mid-1200s. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment, each leaf 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 14, fol. 8v

A food historian sleuths the reality of medieval bread-baking. More»

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How to Eat Like a Renaissance Courtier

Armorial Dish with the Flaying of Marsyas
This istoriato plate bears the coat of arms of the Brescian Calini family and presents the myth of a musical contest between Apollo and the satyr Marsyas. Armorial Dish with the Flaying of Marsyas, mid-1520s, Nicola da Urbino. Tin-glazed earthenware, 2 1/4 x 16 5/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 84.DE.117

What did the Renaissance Italians really eat? More»

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Chocolate, The Food of the Gods

chocolate-avocado cake with ganache

Eating chocolate, from Moctezuma to Marie-Antoinette. More»

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600 Historic Recipes for Potions, Paints, and Pastes

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Vintage recipes for pretty much anything, for free! More»

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The Fine Art of Feasting in Roman Gaul

Pompeiian wall painting depicting autumn produce / Roman, A.D. 70
Wall painting from Pompeii (around A.D. 70) depicting autumn produce, grapes, apples, and pomegranates overflowing a large glass bowl, next to a tilting amphora and a terracotta pot of preserved fruit

A taste of mealtime in ancient France. More»

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A Taste of Byzantium


Coming July 19: A four-course dinner inspired by the cuisine of the Byzantine Empire. More»

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What Did Byzantine Food Taste Like?

Spoons with Inscriptions / Byzantine
Image courtesy of and © Benaki Museum, Athens, 2013

In the kitchen with the Byzantines. More»

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Traditional English Recipes with a California Flair

Spotted Dick at the Restaurant at the Getty Center
A contemporary spin on Spotted Dick, the traditional English pudding made with dried fruit. Here it's served with fruit compote and a creamy almond custard

Our chefs share their 21st-century updates on traditional English favorites. More»

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Edible Gardening in the Renaissance


What grew in the Renaissance garden? Many familiar favorites, from cabbage to strawberries. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: You Look Like Hell

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Escaping the in-laws or medieval Sea World? It’s actually an extreme punishment for a dress code violation. 

      Here’s the full story:

      The Christian tale of Saint Josaphat is roughly based on the life of the Buddha in a kind of medieval game of telephone, in which the sources for the text passed through Christian circles in the Middle East in the 8th century before appearing in European versions in the 11th century. 

      Here an unsuitably dressed guest—we can see that his tattered clothing and scruffy facial hair have no place at the well-dressed gathering—is cast into the dark, open mouth of a terrifying animal. 

      To make matters worse, the story is a parable in which Barlaam, Josaphat’s Christian teacher, describes the sinful who do not make the cut at the Last Judgment.

      Holiday Lesson: Always check the dress code.

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.


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