The Most Excellent Book Of Cookery

EditorKen AlbalaTranslated byTimothy Tomasik

October 14, 2014|
The Most Excellent Book Of Cookery by Ken Albala
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The Livre fort excellent de cuysine is one of a family of cookery books that first saw the light with Pierre Sergent’s La Fleur de toute cuysine (renamed Le Grand cuisinier de toute cuisine) of 1542. This edition of the Livre fort excellent was published in 1555. Scholars have often dismissed the printed cookbooks of 16th-century France as simple rehashes of the great medieval Viandier of Taillevent or as merely concentrating on marginal dishes such as sweets and sugarwork. True French cooking, they say, did not start until the publication of Le Cuisinier françois by La Varenne in 1651. While there is some truth in this, the translators and editors of this book would maintain that the change from medieval to modern (already under way in Italy and Spain for example) can be dated back to this book and its kindred; that it was more than a plagiaristic copy. The Livre fort comprises about 70 pages of original French, with an English translation on facing pages.
Professor Albala is the author of Eating Right in the Renaissance and a leading light in historical food studies here and in America. He is editor of the journal Food, Culture and Society.
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Title:The Most Excellent Book Of Cookery
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:192 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:192 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.5 in
Published:October 14, 2014
Publisher:Marion Boyars Publishers, Ltd.
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781903018965

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