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By Andrew Jotischky

The Egyptian hermit Onuphrios used to be acknowledged to have lived solely on dates, and maybe the main recognized of all hermits, John the Baptist, on locusts and wild honey. was once it particularly attainable to maintain lifestyles on so little nutrients? The background of monasticism is outlined through the fierce and passionate abandonment of the standard comforts of existence, the main extraordinary being foods and drinks. A Hermit's Cookbook opens with tales and pen-portraits of the wilderness Fathers of early Christianity and their fans who have been ascetic solitaries, hermits and pillar-dwellers. It proceeds to discover how the beliefs of the barren region fathers have been revived in either the Byzantine and western traditions, taking a look at the cultivation of meals in monasteries, consuming and cooking, and why looking animals used to be rejected through any self-respecting hermit. packed with wealthy anecdotes, and together with recipes for easy monk's stew and bread soup - and so forth - this can be a interesting tale of hermits, clergymen, nutrients and fasting within the heart Ages.

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