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Author Topic: First cookery book......  (Read 1086 times)

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First cookery book......
« on: 10 February, 2013, 04:40:44 PM »
When was the world's first cookery book written?
And if it was before the printing press was invented, when was the first one printed and published?

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Re: First cookery book......
« Reply #1 on: 10 February, 2013, 10:39:16 PM »
A cookery book dating back to 1390 may have been the first. The book is entitled Forme of Cury and contains 150 recipes, some of which have been translated including a type of porridge made from bulghar wheat, chicken blancmange, porpoise porridge and a dish of wild fruits wrapped in pastry.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1232527/Unveiled-Worlds-recipe-book-shows-masterchefs-creating-600-YEARS-ago.html#axzz2KVwwDMAq
« Last Edit: 11 February, 2013, 09:01:23 AM by seacommander »

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Re: First cookery book......
« Reply #2 on: 10 February, 2013, 10:46:48 PM »
I'll raise you to 900AD with the Apicius manuscript - a compendium of Roman recipes
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Re: First cookery book......
« Reply #3 on: 11 February, 2013, 09:02:10 AM »
There seems to be some dispute about the exact date that the printing press was invented, but dates around the mid 1400s are given. Certainly in England the first printing press was set up by William Caxton in 1476, the best part of 80 years after the Forme of Cury was written.

A German cookery book, Kuchenmeysterey ("Kitchen Mastery"),  was printed in 1485, not long after the invention of the printing press, so this is possibly the first cookery book to have been printed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cookbook

« Last Edit: 11 February, 2013, 09:11:41 AM by seacommander »