[Sca-cooks] printed cookbooks prior to 1501 -- Platina
t.d.decker at att.net
Mon Nov 9 16:58:42 PST 2009
> (About Platina)
>>So, we could call it a dietetic treatise which includes/ contains /
>>incorporates the detailed and voluminous cookbook of Martino.
> Except that it doesn't contain or incorporate Martino. Martino' recipes,
> at least ones I've looked at, are generally more detailed than the
> versions given by Platina.
I was comparing Platina and Martino this weekend and I think there are two
probable points that can account for the variation.
Firstly, there are differences between the various manuscripts of Martino.
Since Platina was a contemporary who apparently knew Martino, it is possible
that he was working from the earliest copy; Martino's.
Secondly, Platina wrote in Latin. In a translation from Italian to Latin,
you are translating from a living to deceased language, thus from a growing
vocabulary to a restricted vocabulary. In some cases the words would not
exist for a precise translation. The translation of either text into
English creates another set of linguistic discontinuities.
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