[Sca-cooks] Art de trinxar: A 15th c. carving manual

emilio szabo emilio_szabo at yahoo.it
Wed Oct 22 15:10:28 PDT 2008

Johnna sent me this link, about which I am extremely happy:


The link points to an anthology of mallorquin/balear texts from the 13th to the 16th centuries. This collection includes a short carving manual. (3 1/2 pages in the book, 2 1/2 of them are shown by google.)

Here is an example, the passage for crane, catalan/mallorquin grua (if I am not mistaken).

Com tayllaràs grua tayllaràs en aquesta manera. Pendràs la grua e lavar-li às
las cuxas, e fet axò, prin prestament la còrpora de la grua e comensa a tayllar
allà bax a lla punta de la gallera e taylla molt assayat e prim e molt prim, axí
com si fos vadella, e com auràs tallade la una part axí corent taylla l'altre e axí
rage y sta.

If you follow the link, you will notice the information about date and place: "1492? (Mallorca?)". In a note at the end of the text, the editors mention other early carving texts: a section of _Libre de Sent Sovi_, _Arte Cisoria_ and a section of _Libre del coch_.

Just in case someone is willing and able to tackle a translation: the Diccionari català-valencià-balear is online at:

http://dcvb.iecat.net/     (Isn't that really good news! I'll study Catalan as soon as possible!)

If you look at the article grua there is a link to an image within the entry:



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