[Sca-cooks] Is couscous Medieval?

David Friedman ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Thu Jan 25 01:29:27 PST 2007

>I was under the impression that while couscous could have been made during
>our period of interest, that we have no documentation to that fact.  The
>question has come up on (of all things) the medieval encampments list, and
>set me to wondering.  Can one of my dear friends tell me what the earliest
>reference seems to be?

A dish of that name appears repeatedly in different versions in 
Manuscrito Anonimo, the 13th c. Andalusian cookbook that Charles 
Perry translated.

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