[Sca-cooks] printed cookbooks prior to 1501 -- Platina

Philip Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Sun Nov 8 13:12:32 PST 2009

On Nov 8, 2009, at 4:01 PM, emilio szabo wrote:

> The book includes, "contains" (Terry Decker) culinary recipes. Sure.  
> According to this criterion, one might say that it includes a book  
> on cookery (among other things).
> <snip>
> As you are well aware, books about "the nature and force" of foods  
> are called dietetic books.
> They include topics like physical exercise, sexual intercourse,  
> dreams, etc.
> In this sense (or: according to this criterion), Platinas book might  
> be called a dietetic treatise (which includes the recipes of Martino).

All true and perfectly fair. On the other hand, since the recipe  
sections are as detailed and voluminous as a number of roughly  
contemporary sources that clearly are cookbooks, it might be said to  
be a little misleading to suggest it isn't a cookbook, probably to a  
similar extent as calling it just a cookbook.


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