[Sca-cooks] Swan recipes

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Mon Jan 21 12:56:38 PST 2013

For the Concordance of English Recipes Thirteenth Through Fifteenth Centuries
we identified and listed 15 recipes. Constance Hieatt then located another 5 for her volumes
A Gathering of Medieval English Recipes and Cocatrice and Lampray Hay.
There's a considerable number considering the bird received royal status in as early as
the 12th century, making it out of bounds for most people.
 Or maybe all noble collections needed at least one swan recipe. Or maybe
they kept trying to make it taste better.


On Jan 21, 2013, at 3:46 PM, Elise Fleming wrote:

> Not recipes per se, but there was an interesting article in Petits Propos Culinaires (PPC), Issue 24, November 1986, by Joop Witteveen, entitled "On Swans, Cranes and Herons: Part 1. Swans".
> Witteveen examines the sources listing swans as food as to preparation and service for England, the Netherlands, Italy, France, and Germany during the Middle Ages.  There are some 45+ footnotes that should give someone a bit of reading!
> Back issues of PPC are available from http://acanthus-books.stores.yahoo.net/ .
> Alys K.

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