[Sca-cooks] 10th C. Cornish?

David Friedman ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Tue Oct 24 09:10:20 PDT 2006

>This failed to send properly, so let's try again.
>The earliest known examples of written Cornish are from the late 9th
>Century, but there isn't any cookbook or recipe collection to my knowledge.
>12th Century Italy would likely be the Regimen sanitatis de Salerni.  I
>don't know of anything else in the time frame.

Alternatively, since parts of southern Italy were, I think, still 
inhabited by Muslims at that point, you could use Muslim recipes. 
There are sources from both just after and a couple of centuries 
before the 12th century, although little of the latter has been 

>As a guess, whoever is running the contests is either being cute or clueless
>(or both).  If they know of which they speak, it is probably a single text
>and possibly a single recipe.

I don't know who is doing it, but on past evidence clueless is more 
likely. A couple of years ago the requirement was for a pumpkin 
recipe, and it rapidly became clear that the person setting the 
requirement didn't know pumpkins (C. Pepo) are from the New World.
David Friedman

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