[Sca-cooks] whisks

James Prescott prescotj at telusplanet.net
Tue Jul 13 16:20:25 PDT 2010

If indeed he wrote it significantly earlier than 1604, it might be
that he did not have a financial backer for publishing.  The bishops
of Liège, for whom he worked, might not have been interested.  The
dedication to Jean Curtius suggests that, if Lancelot was not able
to publish on his own, that Jean Curtius might have provided that
financial backing.

Jean Curtius was an up-and-coming munitions manufacturer who might
have been interested in the prestige of being associated with a
cookbook by a retired master cook to three bishops.

The dedication, at least, cannot have been written before 1600,
since it mentions a lordship that Jean Curtius did not acquire
until 1600.

What is the basis for dating the work itself to about 1585?

My personal feeling is that certainly some individual recipes
(expecially the report of the banquet given in 1557) may have
been written down at various times between about 1560 and 1600,
but not assembled and completed until shortly before publication.


At 4:31 PM -0400 7/13/10, Johnna Holloway wrote:
>  You're right.
>  I had written down that it was after his death, but today on checking
>  I am finding a date of 1613.
>  Wait I am also finding a date of 1616 for his death.
>  I wonder now if I came across a circa 1600 date for his death???
>  (The question would be why the lag between 
> being written and being published.)
>  Worldcat doesn't include dates for him. Neither does this new bibliography.
>  Something to check out.
>  Johnnae

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