[Sca-cooks] Game for Your Feast

Sharon Palmer ranvaig at columbus.rr.com
Tue Mar 1 20:47:24 PST 2011

>Turkey wasn't available prior to 1523-7 when the first fruits of 
>Mexico began flowing back to Europe.  However, they were being 
>farmed in Europe by the mid-16tgh Century to the extent that they 
>were served at a feast given by Catherine de Medici in 1549 and they 
>were less expensive than peacocks, pheasants, bustyards, cranes, 
>swans, etc.

I'll give my Rumpolt bit: in 1581, turkey was common enough that 20 
turkey recipes are given (compared to 17 for duck), with a picture so 
there is no question about what was served.


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