[Sca-cooks] Il famoso convito 1561

edoard at medievalcookery.com edoard at medievalcookery.com
Thu Dec 3 06:49:47 PST 2009

> -------- Original Message --------
> From: emilio szabo <emilio_szabo at yahoo.it>
> One of the books before 1600 is this one:
> Il famoso convito : cosi delle giostre come del banchetto, che lo
> illustrissimo & eccel. s. duca di Piacenza, & di Parma, ha
> fatto della mag. città di Piacenza nello anno M.D.LXI
> Starting on from image 18, there is a description of a "honoratissima cena", which includes lists of the food.

Woah!  Something caught my eye on this.  Take a look at the page at the
URL below:


At the top of the page, first column, the first two entries are
"Broccoli" and "Fiore di cauoli", which I assume are broccoli and

It's nice to see them listed separately in a book printed in 1561,
especially considering how recently the myth was going around on the
internet that broccoli was invented in the 1700s by ancestors of Albert
Broccoli (producer of the Bond films).

This is one of the earliest references I've seen to broccoli.

Thanks for posting the link.

- Doc

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