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Forme of Cury,

A Roll
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.

A Manuscript of the Editor, of the
same Age and Subject, with other congruous
Matters, are subjoined.

[ 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. ]

I also have a transcription of this text, thanks to Project Gutenberg. And eventually, the original text will be digitally available:


The digitized original should appear here: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/inthebigynnyng/manuscript/ms7/

Click on the links below to jump to the appropriate page of the facsimile. Or you can download the entire book at once as a single (large) pdf file.

Don't know all the funny words? For a while, you can get free access to the University of Michigan Press Middle English Compendium. Also, you can look at a glossary of medieval and renaissance culinary terms.

The Form of Cury

Ancient Cookery. A. D. 1381.

Index and Glossary

Misc Material


Rolls of Provisions

Credits: Scanning by Cindy Renfrow, transcription by the Distributed Proofreaders of Project Gutenberg.

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