alternate englands - belated questions

Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise jenne at
Wed Feb 16 12:18:49 EST 2005

> >Please do not tease the medievalists... we get grumpy when explaining
> >that pasta was available in Europe before Marco Polo.
> I didn't mean to.  If it doesn't make you too grumpy, tell me about 
> this.  I
> learned at somebody's knee that MP brought pasta back from China.
> [Don't you hate how knees lie?]

*grin* Pasta (linguine, in particular) is described in the Tacuinum 
Sanitatis. We have reason to believe it may have come into Europe 
through the Middle East, since the Tacuinum is originally Middle 
Eastern, but there is also reason to believe it may have been Roman.

One site out there that gives some information and is reasonably 

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