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Researchers Discovered Oldest Known European Medieval Cookbook

Apr 22, 2013 12:56 IST

Researchers in the third week of April 2013 discovered the oldest known European cookbook which dates back to the 12th century. The European cookbook comprises of medical ointments as well as foods.

The recipes of the cookbook are written as well as compiled in Latin. These were penned down in the year 1140 at Durham Cathedral's monastery.

It is basically a health book and therefore the recipes of the meals were intended to improve the health of a person or to cure the afflictions. Other similar recipes dated back to 1290.

Giles Gasper from Durham University's Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies explained that one of the recipes mentioned in the cookbook come from Poitou region, which is now the modern central western France. This indicated towards the fact that international traveling and exchange of the ideas was apparent even in the medieval period.

Researchers have decided to compile the translation of this discovered cookbook under title Zinziber, which means ginger.

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