On the components of the ancient Israelite diet, in which fruit was scanty and usually cooked before consumption, see my remarks in Encyclopedia Miqra’it 4, pp. 543–553 (in Hebrew). There I also pointed out that in biblical times, simple folk, as opposed to the royal circle, were exceedingly modest in consuming meat (pp. 548–553). In fact, they ate meat only during high festivities and pilgrim feasts.