Libellus de Arte Coquinaria: An Early Northern Cookery Book

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One of the oldest known collections of European culinary recipes in a vernacular language is extant in four slightly different versions in Old Danish, Icelandic, and Low German. The manuscripts of 35 recipes dates not later than the end of the 13th century, but clearly goes back to an original perhaps as early as the 12th. Each of the four is presented in the original facing a translation, then a composite translation of all of them is provided. Vocabularies of the three languages and indices to utensils, procedures, ingredients, and dishes are appended. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Abbreviations and Short Titles x
Part I. Introduction
A. The Culinary Background 1
B. Textual Questions 4
C. The Urtext 13
D. The Contents of the Text 20
E. Editorial Policies 25
Part II. Texts and Translations 27
Part III. Composite Translation of the Four Manuscripts, with Textual Notes and Commentary on Individual Recipes: Including Parallels Elsewhere in Medieval Collections 79|-1Part IV. Apparatus|-2 A. Indices to Utensils, Procedures, Ingredients, and Dishes 111|-2B. Vocabularies
Old Danish 124
Icelandic 132
Low German 139
C. Select Bibliography 146
D. General Index 152
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