The Forme of Cury, or ‘the (proper) method of cookery’ is the the oldest cookbook in the world. It was compiled in the late 14th century by the master cooks in the household of King Richard II. The Forme of Cury survives in several copies; this copy, from the John Rylands Library is said to be one of the best and earliest.
The book contains one hundred and ninety-four recipes, revealing the variety and elaboration of the dishes available to the elite, including stews, roast dishes, jellies, tarts and custards. Among the recipes are ‘Chyckens in gravey’, ‘Blank manger’ (a white savory stew, from which the word ‘blancmange’ derives),‘Furmente with porpays’ (porpoise in wheat porridge), and ‘Crypses’ (fried pastries).
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