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Hu Sihui's dietary is a rich source for the study of many areas of the complex cultural history of Medieval Eurasia, one that lends itself well to the investigations of the "New History". Food and foodways are sensitive barometers of material and social conditions. They reveal change in process and cultural interactions which may be studied through archaeology, art, linguistics, and the philological examination of texts. The Mongols consciously sought, once their movement had taken root, to create a universal world empire. Yuan court cuisine as reflected in the Yinshan zhengyao (YSZY) rests upon a foundation of Central Asian pastoralism. Medical influences in the YSCY include the particular problems of Chinese and Mongols of the age. Finally, Hu was writing as court nutritionist, and the book has a major medical function. He was trying not only to codify recipes, but to improve the health of the court.

Keywords: Central Asian pastoralism; Hu Sihui; Medieval Eurasia; New History; Yinshan zhengyao (YSZY)

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