[Sca-cooks] Yams was Substitute for Potatoes?

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Mon Aug 24 14:32:36 PDT 2009

That would make them circa 1580 as the manuscript for that book
was written a full generation before it was published in 1604. The 
dating is included
in Scully's version of La Varenne.


Anne-Marie Rousseau wrote:
>>>> Off hand, I can't think of any recipes in either the period European >> or Islamic corpus that use them. I don't
>>>> even know if there is any >> evidence that they were used in the  parts
>>>> of the world from which we >> have surviving cookbooks.
> Casteaus Ovverature de Cuisine (1604) has recipes for "tartufles". there is some discussion on if that is 
> truffle or potato, but Cotgraves contemporary French:English dictionary describes them as as potatoes.
> served with the proscribed red wine and butter sauce they are lovely :)
> --Anne-Marie, who is fully aware that teh occasional recipe for potato or turkey does not make them common 
> fare for most of our sca period, and so thinks that their use should be limited to the wacky crazy nouveau 
> items they were....

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