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Q: First English cookbook ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: First English cookbook
Category: Family and Home
Asked by: tuily-ga
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Posted: 02 Nov 2005 13:45 PST
Expires: 02 Dec 2005 13:45 PST
Question ID: 588133
What was the first cookbook published in English? What kind of recipes
did it have? Where can I find that kind of recipes online?
Subject: Re: First English cookbook
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 02 Nov 2005 14:26 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi tuily,

"The Forme of Cury" was the first cookbook published in English in 1390.

"The first English cookbook was written in 1390 by the cooks,
physicians and philosophers of Richard II. They produced 196 recipes
under the title of ?Forme of Cury?. Cury was the Old English word for
cooking derived from the French cuire ? to cook, boil or grill ? hence

Sunderland Today

"As early as 1390, a manuscript of the first English cookbook
appeared, entitled Forme of Cury ("art of cookery"), and it was
supposedly written by the master cook of King Richard II. Forme of
Cury was not actually printed as a book until 1780..."

Fiery Foods: An Introduction to Curries

"Then, in Richard II?s reign (1377-1399) the first real English
cookery book was written. Richard employed 200 cooks and they, plus
others including philosophers, produced a work with 196 recipes in
1390 called ?The Forme of Cury?. ?Cury? was the Old English word for
cooking derived from the French ?cuire? - to cook, boil, grill - hence

Menu Magazine: The Origins of 'Curry'

You can find this cookbook, and all the information pertaining to it, here:

The Forme of Cury,
A Roll Of Ancient English Cookery,
Compiled, about A.D. 1390, by the Master-Cooks of King Richard II,
Presented afterwards to Queen Elizabeth,
by Edward Lord Stafford,
and now in the Possession of Gustavus Brander, Esq.
Illustrated with Notes, And a copious Index, or Glossary.

You can download the entire book at once as a single (large) pdf file here:

A modest number of these recipes are redacted in Cariadoc's
Miscellany. In particular, if you look in the recipe index, most
recipes labeled "English, 14th c." are from Forme of Cury.

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Best regards,
tuily-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Interesting! Thanks alot. 

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