[Sca-cooks] cuskynoles / diagrams / forms of visualization

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Mon Aug 2 17:36:22 PDT 2010

Of course they could have drawn objects in the pages of the  
manuscripts, but It's more likely to find recipes as margin notes than  
drawings in recipe manuscripts.

There are very few cases where drawings are included.
Maybe one reason would be that the recipes were copied and the scribe  
just followed the words as given without ever seeing the process. Or  
the recipes were dictated to a scribe who wouldn't dream of doodling  
on the pages of the manuscript.

Of course we do have famously Michelangelo Buonarroti's
Three Different Lists of Foods
pen and ink on paper



On Aug 2, 2010, at 3:57 PM, emilio szabo wrote:

> Stefan said:
> << Perhaps the reason that there is a
> diagram in the original discussed recipe
> was not because it was an entirely new
> recipe, but that this version was specifically
> different enough from the way the recipe
> was usually done that it needed a diagram
> to illustrate the difference. >>
> That is a very important point.
> Given the fact, that there are virtually no diagrams and no forms of
> visualization in old cook books at all, this point deserves careful
> consideration.
> What do we know about forms of visualization in medieval  
> manuscripts, within the
> field of cookery or elsewhere? E.

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