"By exploring intersections of medicine, food and gender, Vaughan makes a valuable contribution to research about women in the medieval period. [...] This volume’s examination of Greco-Roman medical theory combined with analysis of medieval medical and religious
texts helps to situate it as an important advancement in understanding medieval women and women’s bodies."
- Judith Lanzendorfer, Digest, Vol. 9, No. 1
"[...] a welcome and much needed study of the space where gender, eating, and wellness all came together in premodern Europe. [...] Vaughan’s wide lens and fluid approach permit her to present a fuller portrait of the relationship between premodern women and food than is typical."
- Danielle Callegari, Early Modern Women, Vol. 17, No. 1
"Vaughan does several things very well in this book. The scope is sweeping and interesting. Clearly written and accessible, it should teach well to undergraduates new to the study of gender in the Middle Ages; each chapter can stand on its own."
- Belle S. Tuten, Journal of British Studies, Vol. 61, No. 3