Skip to comments.Oldest European Medieval Cookbook Found
Posted on 04/20/2013 8:42:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
A 12th-century manuscript contains the oldest known European Medieval food recipes, according to new research.
The recipes, which include both food and medical ointment concoctions, were compiled and written in Latin. Someone jotted them down at Durham Cathedral's monastery in the year 1140.
It was essentially a health book, so the meals were meant to improve a person's health or to cure certain afflictions. The other earliest known such recipes dated to 1290.
Many of the dishes sound like they would work on a modern restaurant menu...
Gasper added, "The sauces typically feature parsley, sage, pepper, garlic, mustard and coriander, which I suspect may give them a Mediterranean feel when we recreate them. According to the text, one of the recipes comes from the Poitou region of what is now modern central western France. This shows the extent to which international travel and exchange of ideas took place within the medieval period. And what more evocative example of cultural exchange could there be than food?"
Gaspar and colleagues are recreating some of the dishes for a workshop to be held on April 25 at Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle, U.K. A lunch the following Saturday will feature the same dishes. The researchers are also putting together a translation of the cookbook under the title "Zinziber" (Latin for ginger).
While much of the food is still tasty to modern palates, not all of the medical cures would work today.
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Samuel Woods, Jacqueline Pankhurst, Samantha Ellis, Lydia Harris, Andy Hook, Daniel Duggan and Giles Gasper preparing one of the Medieval dishes; Credit: Durham University
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Was it titled “To Serve Man”?
Eye of newt!
“To The King’s Taste: Richard II’s Book Of Feasts and Recipes Adapted For Modern Cooking”, Lorna J Sass (1975)
I hasn’t et a good rutabaga pie in ages!
And I thought this was an old cookbook:
A QUEENS Delight; OR, The Art of Preserving, Conserving and Candying.
A right Knowledge of making Perfumes, and Distilling the most Excellent Waters.
Never before Published.
Printed by E. Tyler, and R. Holt, for Nath.
Brooke, at the Angel in Corn-Hill, near the
Royal Exchange. 1671.
Was it titled To Serve Man?
Was that Twilight Zone? It’s been years.
Wish they’d publish it.
Yes Twilight Zone, it stays with you like a good memory.
Really? I wonder.
Thanks for confirming that. Now I won’t be wondering about it all night. LOL
Does it have the ancient green bean casserole recipe? with the mushroom soup and the french fried onions?
I found one for bread, one part water two parts saw dust, sounds delicious!
Must have been some reason it was used for centuries.
Side effects would be nasty though.