Cookbooks Throughout History: Foodie Treasure Troves
by Dale Phillip
Cookbooks have been around for centuries. In fact, crude handwritten scrolls of food ingredients have even been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, which brings new meaning to the sentiment exclaiming, "I'm dying to get that recipe." It's little wonder they're more popular and plentiful than ever. Although early ones were scarce, a few French and Asian chefs recorded methods of preparing foods during the Dark Ages, and early Colonists in America put their prized dishes on paper in crude formats. But once printing presses became common, cookbooks began to pop up among the elites and many of those recipes still prevail today. Although a bit impractical for the average cook,they make for interesting reading. Let's check them out, even though most of us probably wouldn't want to prepare swan pie or sheep's brains with small onions, the entertainment value alone is worth the price.
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