[Sca-cooks] Translation

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Thu Jan 5 06:48:11 PST 2012

I had to go back and check my notes but I am showing

A Proper New Booke of Cookery
Transcription of the edition in the British Library, published in 1575  
by William How.

(c) 2007 Daniel Myers, MedievalCookery.com - This electronic document  
may be freely reproduced for non-commercial purposes as long as the  
copyright and this notice are included.

I did work on this title for my paper and presentation on The Tudor  
Cookbook Proper.
There are four surviving editions of the APNBofC. The 1545 is  
available through EEBO.

The undated circa 1557 edition held by Cambridge University’s Corpus  
Christi College was published first by Frere in 1913 and that text is  

and again by the College in 2002 in a great edition. Review here:

The 1575 and 1576 are also available through EEBO.
Notaker also indicates two possible additional printings: one for 1546  
and one for 1550? but there are no surviving copies.
My notes indicate that there was very little difference between
the 4 printings. Just a few spelling changes and line breaks and the  
title varies from proper to propre and cokerye to cookery. It is the  
same text with no additions or deletions in terms of recipe counts or  
the carving instructions.


On Jan 4, 2012, at 10:36 AM, steve montgomery wrote:

> Good Morning, I have been working on a translation/modernization of  
> the 1575 A proper new
> Boke of Cokery and finished it last night. I did it to see if I  
> could and
> to make more texts easily accessible to newer cooks. I left it in the
> period format, all that I did was modernize the text and grammar.
> I realize that translating an Elizabethan work is not as challenging  
> as
> other projects that members of this list have done but I don't speak
> Italian. :D But I wanted to see if I could do it. I have some notes  
> to put
> together and a proofreading pass to do then I will put it up on my  
> highly
> neglected website. Of course I have to install Dreamweaver on the new
> laptop since the old computer died.
> aeduin

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