Brown University

John Saturnall's Feast

by Lawrence Norfolk
Grove Press, October 2013   ISBN: 978-080212173-8
Price: $17.00

"Accusations of witchcraft expel young John and his mother into the woods outside their village where she sustains them by teaching him about the ancient feast while foraging for food. While his mother does not survive the harsh winter, she makes sure he gains entrance to the local manor house where he becomes a member of the manor's kitchen. Norfolk brings you behind the scenes into the realm of the kitchen, interspersing chapters with John Saturnall's notes on cooking. Interweaving magic and myth around the reality of working in the kitchen and scullery of a 17th century English manor house, I found myself enraptured with John Saturnall's Feast.”--

— Reviewed by Percy