[Sca-cooks] Wanted: Italian cookbook that hasn't been translated

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Mon Jan 11 15:30:03 PST 2010

I have a copy of the Manoscritto Lucano. My copy came from Switzerland
and was purchased following a search through ABE Books.

Manoscritto Lucano: Ein Unveroffentlichtes Kochbuch Aus Suditalien Vom  
Beginn Des 16. Jahrhunderts
Author: Michael Suthold
Language: German
Format: Book (Illustrated), 331 pages
Publication Date: January 1994
Publisher: Unknown
ISBN-10: 2600000372
ISBN-13: 9782600000376

It's running about 70.00 plus and up now. I paid $61.00.
You ought to be able to interlibrary loan a copy of it.

The Della natura de cibi is described here:

"This sixteenth century work is among the earliest of the cookery and  
gastronomy books in the Seagram Library.

Baldassar Pisanelli practised medicine in Bologna and became famous as  
result of the publication of this book. In it he describes the natural  
history, the usages, the qualities of fruits, liqueurs, meats, game,  
fish, milk, cheese, etc., and under what conditions the food and  
drinks should be used.

On each page two foods are described, with sub-headings in italics in  
the margin, and the natural history of these on the opposite page.  
Shown here are descriptions of lvpoli and carrots."


On Jan 11, 2010, at 3:53 PM, David Friedman wrote:

>> In addition to the untranslated works that Johnnae pointed out you  
>> may also want to try the recipe section from Pisanelli, Baldasare  
>> "Della natura de cibi"
>> available here online
>> http://alfama.sim.ucm.es/dioscorides/consulta_libro.asp?ref=X533107074&idioma=0
> We glanced through it and couldn't find a recipe section. Where is it?
>> Plus there is the Manuscritto Lucano (an 16th century cookbook from  
>> Southern Italy).
> Any suggestions as to where one would obtain a copy?
> David Friedman

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