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Medieval cookbook found in Durham Cathedral’s monastery

Medieval cookbook found in Durham Cathedral’s monastery

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The oldest European medieval cookbook has been found in Durham Cathedral’s monastery. The recipes, written in Latin, were put to paper in 1140 A.D.

Many of the dishes sound like they would work on a modern restaurant menu. Faith Wallis, an expert in medical history and science based at McGill University, translated a few for Discovery News:

“For “hen in winter’: heat garlic, pepper and sage with water.”

“For ‘tiny little fish’: juice of coriander and garlic, mixed with pepper and garlic.”

For preserved ginger, it should kept in “pure water” and then “sliced lengthwise into very thin slices, and mixed thoroughly with prepared honey that has been cooked down to a sticky thickness and skimmed. It should be rubbed well in the honey with the hands, and left a whole day and night.”

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Story: Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News | Photo: Discovery News

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