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Historical And Cultural Context

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In its present form, the Yinshan Zhengyao (YSZY) is an illustrated dietary manual and cookbook in three juan. There are many modern printed editions and also at least two manuscript versions. The best modern edition of the YSZY remains that of Li Chunfang. Juan 2 begins with recipes for fifty-seven drinks and liquid foods ("Various Hot Beverages and Concentrates") (1a-11b), and some "Doses and Foods of the Beneficent8 Immortals" in many forms. The second homogenous body of material is the listing of material dietica in juan 3. The 221 main headings list about two- thirds of all primary materia dietica mentioned anywhere in the YSZY. At the end of the twelfth century several charismatic Mongol leaders, including the young Temüjin, founded chiefdoms. The Mongols are usually viewed in highly negative terms, due to the great wave of destruction which the establishment of their empire touched off.

Keywords: Li Chunfang; materia dietica ; Mongols; three juan; Yinshan Zhengyao (YSZY)

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