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75 Receipts for Pastry, Cakes  (1828)- $14.95http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Eliza Leslie An 1828 cookbook featuring recipes for delicious desserts, written so that a modern cook may follow them. Paperback, 100 pp. Applewood


200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes: from cheddar and brie to butter and yogurt - $24.95

Debra Amrein-Boyer. This book describes how to create artisanal-quality cheeses, butters, and yogurts. In many ways similar to the techniques used in home brewing, canning, and pickling, the recipes in this book feature step-by-step instructions and help eliminate the guesswork. Every process is explained co clearly that even a novice can create fine cheese. Includes: spreadable cheeses, stretched cheeses, mold-ripened cheeses, blue cheeses, washed rind cheeses, hard cheeses, and several ethnic and specialty cheese. Recipes for yogurts, kefirs, butters, and buttermilk, round out the collection. TR paper, 304pp, 200 recipes, 16pp color photos, glossary, source list, index. Robert Rose/Firefly.


Accomplisht Cook - $36.00http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Robert May. First published in 1660, this edition is a facsimile of the 1665 edition. May was cook for a wide variety of nobility, and absorbed all the most fashionable tendencies in these kitchens. Here is the most complete portrait of English cooking as it was when Charles II was restored to the throne. Biogr intro Marcus Bell, foreword Alan Davidson, glossary, 544pp, and 6 b/w illus, perfect bound. Prospect Books


All the King’s Cooks - $21.95

Peter Brears. The Tudor kitchens of King Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace. A reissue in paper of Brears’ notable book, covering all aspects of the royal kitchen, from supplies and storage to payment and accounting. Recipes, some original, most redacted. Brief bibliog., extensive notes, index, recipes index. Illus b/w contemporary art. PB, 201pp. Souvenir Press.


American Cookery - $7.95

Amelia Simmons. This was the first cookbook in America. Reproduced here is the rare second edition, printed in 1796. Includes an introduction by Karen Hess. PB, 64pp. Applewood


American Frugal Housewife – 1833 - $9.95

Mrs. Child. First published in 1828, this book went through many editions, and proved to be an extremely popular 19th century manual for homemakers. Interesting recipes and remedies, advice on parenting and the myriad responsibilities of housekeeping are all put forth in straightforward, non-nonsense Yankee prose. HC, 7”x4”, 130pp. Chapman Billies.

Anglo-Saxon Food Production & Distribution (combined edition)  - $49.95
Ann Hagen. A reissue of the Handbook and Second Handbook in one volume.  Extremely valuable in this field where there is so little available. Prospect Books

Annals of the Caliphs’ Kitchens: Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq’s Tenth-Century Baghdadi Cookbook - $70.00

Translated, with introduction & glossary, by Nawal Nasrallah.  Written nearly 1,000 years ago, al-Warraq’s cookbook is the most comprehensive work of its kind. The book includes more than 600 recipes from the luxurious cuisine of medieval Islam. Numerous anecdotes and poems spotlight the role of food in Islam’s golden era. Introducing this elegant translation is a thorough survey of the period’s food culture. Includes an extensive glossary, in Arabic & English, of ingredients and dishes. Appendix of historical figures. PAPER, 876 pp, with over 30 color illos. Brill



Apicius: Cookery & Dining in Imperial Rome - $13.95
Translated by Joseph Vehling. One of the earliest cookbooks extant. 40p intro, 200p original recipes, extensive notes, glossary. Pb. Dover.

Apicius, a critical edition w/intro & English translation - $80.00

Christopher Grocock & Sally Grainger. This edition of Apicius has revisited all  surviving mss, & proposes many new readings & interpretations. Grocock supplies Latin scholarship, while Grainger contributes a lifetime’s experience in practical cookery & adaptations of recipes. Parallel Latin/English text, extensive discussion of the origins of the text, the art of cookery in the later Empire, and the nature of garum & liquamen. Full biblio, discussion of technical terms in text. HC, 414 pp, 12 b/w illos. David Brown

Art of Cooking: The first modern cookery book - $38.95
The Eminent Maestro Martino of Como, edited Luigi Ballerini, trans Jeremy Parzen, recipes by Stefania Barzini. This book is the first known culinary guide to specify cooking times & techniques, utensils, & amounts. It is surprisingly like a modern cookbook despite its original publication in 15th century Italy. Parzen’s is the first English translation of the complete corpus. Martino is known to have influenced Platina – some say Platina plagiarized many of his recipes from Martino. Introductory essay & notes, 46pp. Text trans from Italian, plus 50 redacted recipes. Brief biblio, index, 200 p, hc w/d jacket.
Univ CA Press

Art of Cookery in the Middle Ages - $34.95
Terence Scully. A new history by this renowned scholar. Discusses Doctrine of Humors & its effect on diet, table manners, more. Paper. Boydell & Brewer.

Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy - $19.95

Hannah Glasse. America’s most popular cookbook in 1776. Reprinted from the first American edition of 1805. Introduction by Karen Hess. PB, 336pp


Art of the Confectioner -$65.00

Ewald Notter. Creating complex and beautiful sugar work showpieces, whether for display or competition, requires a wide range of pastry skills in addition to creativity and artistic vision. Among the best practitioners of this art in the world, famed pastry chef Ewald Notter explains those techniques and skills in this book.

Though edible showpieces and displays have graced the tables of banquet halls for more than a century, the last several years have seen a revolution in this most complex form of the confectioner's art. Notter presents a gorgeously illustrated guide that covers the full range of pastry and confectionery skills needed to create fantastic and imaginative showpieces. Includes history of sugar, sugar pulling & blowing, and material about competitions...

Whether you're a pastry student, an aspiring confectioner, or a professional pastry chef who wants to improve your skills for restaurant work or competition, this book is a must-have guide from one of the field's most respected figures. HC, dw, 368pp, color photos throughout. Wiley


Artisan Cheese Making at Home - $29.95

Mary Karling. Techniques and recipes for mastering world-class cheese. The most ambitious and comprehensive guide to home cheese making, filled with easy to follow instructions for making mouthwatering cheese and dairy items. Lavishly illustrated, the book begins with a primer covering milks, starters, cultures, natural coagulants, and bacteria, and then proceeds to fresh cheese, and aging complex mold-ripened cheeses. More than 80 recipes for a diverse range of cheese, plus 20 recipes using cheese. Hardcover, 246pp, brief bibliog., glossary, resources list (web sites), index.


Baghdad Cookery Book - $19.95
Muhammad Ibn Al-Hasan Al-Baghdadi, newly translated by Charles Perry. This book was for long the only medieval Arabic cookbook known to the English-speaking world, thanks to A. J. Arberry’s 1939 translation. Charles Perry, working from the original manuscript, has produced a new English translation incorporating many amendments and corrections, fully annotating his variations from Daoud Chelebi’s earlier transcription. 128p, Prospect


Book of Sent Sovi: Medieval Recipes from Catalonia - $34.95

Joan Santich & Robin Vogelzang. This anonymous book, the oldest collection of recipes in Catalan, dates from mid-14th century. Numerous editions & versions were consulted to produce this volume, which includes both the original Catalan and English translations. Boydell & Brewer, in cooperation with Editoriale Barc

Byzantine Cuisine – SALE! $30.00
Henry Marks. Tackles the challenging job of providing, in a single, accessible source, culinary information and recipes from the 1100 years of the Byzantine, or Eastern Roman, Empire. Prior to the publication of this book, information pertaining to Byzantine cuisine from 330 to 1453 AD was scattered and, in general, not available in English translation. Drawing on many sources, Marks gives us a look at the types of food consumed in the Empire and the herbs and spices used for seasoning; the cooking methods used; the customs and behavior to be maintained during a meal; and the types of cutlery, dishware, serving pieces, and furniture most commonly in use. He has taken a number of Byzantine recipes from referenced sources and has adapted them for modern tastes while remaining as true as possible to the original; each recipe is annotated with literary, historical, and culinary information. Fully foot-noted, with extensive appendices (not sequentially numbered) containing English translations of original textual material (NB: these translations are from French and the modern Greek, not from the original Byzantine Greek). Bibliography. 460 pp, perfect-bound 8½ by 11 pbHenry Marks.

Daz Buch von Guter Spise (Sonderband IX) - $25.00
Melitta Weiss Adamson. A study, edition, and English translation of the oldest German cookbook Scholarly work, w/impressive bibliography, index of ingredients. Paper, 121pp. Medium Aevum Quotidianum.

Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It – $24.95

Karen Solomon. Similar in format to the earlier Jam It…, this book provides a host of new recipes and techniques, including bagels, sauces, syrups, pickles, and much more. Hardcover, 50 color photos, illus. 160pp.Ten Speed Press.


Cheese and Cheese-Making - $12.95

James Long & John Benson. This 1896 work provides instruction on the manufacture of specific cheeses. Paper, 164pp. Applewood Books


Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and Its Place in Western Civilization - $24.95

Paul Kindstedt. Tracing the role of the cheesemaker throughout world history, and exploring a few basic principles of cheese science and technology. Extremely detailed and scholarly study. Hardcover, dw, 253pp, index, 14 p bibliog.. Chelsea Green

Cheese & Dairy - $19.95http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Dick and James Strawbridge. Uncomplicated and easy to understand format marks this book. Preliminary information on setting up a dairy in a home kitchen, cooking, airing, drying, and aging, equipment needs, and using starter cultures. Main sections include Milk & Cream, Butter, Yogurt, and Cheese Tr pb, 176 pp, color photos throughout, glossary, resources, index. Firefly Books


Classic Sourdoughs: A Home Baker’s Handbook - $19.99

Ed & Jean Wood. Revised edition of the classic title that includes a new bread-making technique and recipes. The authors provide 100 recipes for sourdough bread. Trade Paper, 240pp, illus. Ten Speed Press


Clear Toy Candy - $14.95

Nancy Fasolt. For generations, children have received Christmas gifts of hard, sweet, crystal-clear edible shapes of animals, trains, ships, and other objects called clear toy candy, made from a solution of sugar, water, corn syrup, and food coloring, and poured into molds. This book provides tips and techniques for making the traditional candy, with information on ingredients, utensils, and the correct cooking conditions. A brief history of the candy and a discussion of the antique moulds make this book essential for all who want to carry on this delightful winter holiday tradition. PB, 80pp, 70 color photos, 6 b/w photos. Stackpole

Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Opened – PAPER - $30.00
J Stevenson & P Davidson, eds. New translation of the first edition of this classic work, w/intro, notes, & glossary. Redactions, inventory of kitchen goods. Paper, 294 pp. Prospect Books.

Cocatrice and Lampray Hay: Late Fifteenth Century Recipes from Corpus Christi College Oxford - $60.00

Constance Hieatt. The first publication of Corpus Christi’s MS F 291, which contains 99 recipes written in English (showing signs of East Anglian provenance.) The recipes are remarkable for their close attention to detail and much greater information about quantities of ingredients than similar collection from earlier centuries. This edition gives the original text, a translation into modern English, a full commentary, and notes for the modern cook who wishes to interpret each dish in his or her own kitchen. A fitting final work from a great historical cook and scholar. Prospect Books


Concordance of English Recipes: 13th to 15th Centuries - $29.95

Constance Hieatt, Terry Nutter, & Johnna Holloway. This work is a concordance, or index, to recipes recorded in England in the 13th, 14th, & 15th centuries. All recipes have appeared in print; none from privately held mss (even if known to the authors) have been included. Recipes are listed in alpha order by their lemmatized (normalized) names, giving source documents & dates. An impressive tool for researchers. Appendix of Renaissance versions of medieval recipes, 16p glossary. Tr pb, 135pp. MRTS

Confections & the English Banquet - $5.00http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Elise Fleming (Countess Alys Katherine) The author tells us that “In Tudor & Stuart times… the term ‘banquet’ frequently referred to the final course of a meal – a course filled with sweets, spiced wines, and other delicacies.” This book examines the development of this final course, what items were served, and where guests might have consumed them. Perfect-bound, 64pp, notes & bibliography. Appendices: alphabetical listing of banquet items, post-1650 list of items, suggestions for recreating a banquet course, sources for sample recipes, selected original recipes, guide to sugar stages and temperatures. SCA


Cookbook for the Modern Humors - $5.00

Helen Westerlund-Davis. Recipes for two SCA meals, a simple war one and a baronial /coronation feast, modified for celiac/gluten intolerance, diabetes sufferers, and American Heart Association/Stroke guidelines. Gives original sources, regular recipes, modified recipes. Perfect-bound paper, 56pp, notes & references. SCA


Cooking and Dining in Medieval England –PAPER - $40.00

Peter Brears. This substantial and attractively produced volume includes enormous amounts of information on the real practicalities of cooking in the Middles Ages: buying food, storing food, tracking the foodstuffs, building kitchens, getting good water, culinary equipment, and the staffing requirements to do this labor. Also included are chapters on roasting, baking, brewing, confectionary, and much more. Recipes are in modern English. The book concludes with a narrative reconstruction of the Archbishop of York’s enthronement feast in 1466, which illustrates, brilliantly, all that has gone before. , b/w illos, floor plans, chapter notes, notes on illos13 p bibliog., general index & index of recipes. 557pp, Prospect Books



Cooking & Dining in Tudor & Early Stuart England –Fall 2014 – price TBAhttp://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Peter Brears. Treats of an heroic period in English history when new foods were reaching our shores from the New World, and new styles of cooking were being adopted from France and Italy. Combines an account of the cookery with a close look at the practical arrangements, the kitchens & dining halls. 60 line drawings, HC, 400 pp. Prospect Books


Cooking Apicius: Roman recipes for today - $19.95

Sally Grainger. To accompany the new scholarly edition of Apicius, Grainger has gathered her modern interpretations of 64 recipes from the original text. These are a serious effort to convert the extremely gnomic Latin instructions into something that can be reproduced in the modern kitchen. Grainger has taken special care with suggestions for reproducing Roman fish sauce, clearly similar to modern Far Eastern fish sauces, and vital to an accurate rendition of Roman cookery. Includes both expensive and humble dishes. Pb, 128pp, 6 b/w illus. David Brown


Cook’s Oracle  (1830)- $26.95http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

and House Keeper's Manual. Containing Recipes for Cookery, and Directions for Carving..With a Complete System of Cookery for Catholic Families...Being the Result of Actual Experiments Instituted in the Kitchen of William Kitchiners. Paper, 440pp. Applewood


Cottage Economy (1833) - $15.95http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Containing Information Relative to the Brewing of Beer. William Cobbett. Whether it concerns brewing beer, making bread, or keeping cows, pigs, poultry or bees, William Cobbett's classic work, originally published in 1821, is still an inspiring guide for anyone seeking to become self-sufficient. This 1833 edition also includes Cobbett's "The Poor Man's Friend: A Defence of the Rights of Those Who Do the Work, and Fight the Battles." Paper, 232 pp. Applewood.


Culinary Recipes of Medieval England –$60  http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Constance Hieatt. The great advantage for students of medieval English cookery is that there is an identifiable corpus of evidence in the manuscripts that have survived to the present day. Although there may be some new discoveries, in general terms the corpus is relatively stable. The beauty of this book is that it addresses the corpus as a whole and abstracts from it paradigm recipes for every medieval dish that we know about. With this book therefore a student can ask ‘How did they cook rabbit stew?’ and find a definitive answer, in modern English, with full references. This is a great step forward and the book will stand as a monument to the untiring efforts of the late Constance Hieatt to understand and interpret English cookery of the middle ages. The book is organized by category of dish (Pottage; Meat Dishes; Poultry and Game Birds; Fish; Eggs and Dairy Dishes; Sauces and Condiments, and Baked Dishes). For each dish the editor has chosen what is in her view the most typical example and, citing the source, translates the original text.  Hard cover, 240 pp. Prospect Books.

Curye on Inglysch; English Culinary Manuscripts of the Fourteenth Century – PAPER - $34.95
Edited by Constance Hieatt & Sharon Butler. Original recipes and spelling, in readable modern type. Select bibliography, extensive notes, comparison of various mss. Glossary. 224p. Oxford Univ Press.

Delights From The Garden of Eden; A cookbook & History of the Iraqi Cuisine - $49.95http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Nawal Nasrallah. Originally self-published in 2003, this book by renowned Middle Eastern expert Nasrallah became an underground bestseller. This new edition, fully revised and updated, shows the diversity of the region’s traditional food. Traces the development of Iraqi cuisine from ancient Mesopotamia to the present. Profusely illustrated. Hardcover, more than 400 recipes, 574 pp. Equinox Publishing.


Domostroi - $19.95
Carolyn Johnston Pouncy, translator. Household rules & management for upper-class Russians in Ivan the Terrible's time. Cornell University Press.

Du Fait de Cuisine: On Cookery of Master Chiquart (1420) - $70

In what appears to be a substantially expanded version of his earlier translation, Scully notes: This edition has four parts…a complete and accurate transcription… physically coordinated with the original text…a commentary accompanies both text and transcription (as footnotes)… A 57 page introduction discusses food and foodstuffs, Savoy and its Count/Duke, Chiquart, and material about this edition. A substantial bibliography is followed by the text. Finally, an index lists all “important” words … along with the French (or occasionally Latin) term that Chiquart used. A glossary/index and Terminology of meals and serving completes the volume. Hard cover, 327pp.

Dutch Oven: Cast-Iron Cooking Over an Open Fire - $29.95http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Carsten Bothe. Now you can join this popular cult, creating many wonderful dishes in your ‘black pot’. Simple directions make cooking easy and fun, even for a beginner. Paperback, 176 pp., 147 color images. Schiffer

An Early Meal – a Viking Age Cookbook & Culinary Odyssey - $45http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Daniel Serra & Hanna Tunberg. From festive meals to mundane travelers’ fare, this book offers a journey across the Viking Age world in search of the food that may have been eaten in Scandinavia 1000 years ago. Based on archeological finds and experimental archeology, this book gives you mouth-watering recipes, and new insights into Viking Age cuisine. Recipes represent seven different regions, from Lofoten in the north of Jorvik in the south. Hardcover, 192 pp, 80 illus and color photos, 44 recipes, bibliog. ChronoCopia Publications.


Feast of Ice & Fire - $35

George R. R. Martin’s bestselling saga A Song of Ice and Fire and the runaway hit HBO series Game of Thrones are renowned for bringing Westeros’s sights and sounds to vivid life. Now comes the cookbook that opens the door to the foods of those lands. A project from superfans and amateur chefs Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer—and endorsed by George R. R. Martin himself—A Feast of Ice and Fire lovingly replicates a stunning range of cuisines from across the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. From the sumptuous delicacies enjoyed in the halls of power at King’s Landing, to the warm and smoky comfort foods of the frozen North, to the rich, exotic fare of the mysterious lands east of Westeros, there’s a flavor for every palate, and a treat for every chef. These easy-to-follow recipes have been refined for modern cooking techniques, but adventurous eaters can also attempt the authentic medieval meals that inspired them... Exhaustively researched and reverently detailed, accompanied by full-color photographs guaranteed to whet your appetite. Hardcover, more than 100 recipes, dw, 240 pp. Random House

Forgotten Skills of Cooking - $40

Darina Allen. Based on the popular course at the author’s Ballymaloe Cookery School, this timely book reveals the lost arts of making butter & yogurt, keeping hens, home-curing & smoking bacon, and even foraging in the wild. Rediscover childhood favorites such as figgy toffee pudding and freshly baked scones. Darina even offers tips for using up leftovers in delicious ways. Essential reading for urban and rural dwellers alike, this is the definitive modern guide to traditional cooking skills. Hardcover, 600pp, index, resources, color photos throughout. Kyle Books

French Food in the Renaissance; a Survey of recipes from the 14th to 17th centuries - $5.00
Anne-Marie Rousseau [Maitresse Anne-Marie d’Ailleurs]. Brief discussion of sources, followed by 35 pages of recipes. Gives the original recipe in translation and its source, followed by redaction. Includes glossary and resource list, biblio, notes, index. SCA

From Stone Age to Viking: a culinary voyage through time - $38.95

Sabine Karg. Fancy a Bronze Age beer, Stone Age sour dough or some Mesolithic eel and oyster soup? Thanks to a team of Danish archaeologists, we can make ancient dishes ourselves. Sabine Karg, Regula Steinhauser-Zimmermann and Irmgard Bauer have recreated our ancestors’ eating habits by examining prehistoric cooking remains and the recipe book that followed, A Culinary Journey Through Time, is now available in English. Karg, who has conducted excavation work in Jordan, Turkey and northern Europe for more than 25 years, says of her own dinner parties: ‘I often serve my friends moretum  [a herb cheese spread made by  ancient Romans], poppy seed rolls and walnut pesto.’The team of archaeologists divided our ancient eating habits into Middle Stone Age (dating to 9000BC), New Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman times, Middle Ages and Modern Age.  Tr Pb, Communicating Cultures


Fruit, Herbs, and Vegetables of Italy - $24

Giacomo Castelvetro, translated by Gillian Riley. A new edition of classic early 17th century food writing. The author, exiled in England, writes lovingly of the fine produce of his homeland, with simple but elegant ways of preparing them. Paper, 176pp, Prospect Books


Good Wife’s Guide: Le Menagier de Paris: a medieval household book - $24.95

Translated by Gina L Greco & Christine M. Rose. In this new, highly readable, and lively translation of an important document, the authors have done a wonderful job of maintaining the integrity of the original text while rendering it into colloquial English. This instruction book from an elderly husband to his young, new wife covers a very wide range of material, from moral exhortations to stories to practical instructions on topics such as gardening and hawking, and a splendid collection of recipes. Pb, 366ppindex, bibl, glossary of culinary terms. Cornell University Press

Goodman of Paris (Le Menagier de Paris)  - $27.95
Trans Eileen Power. The Goodman of Paris wrote this book for his young wife, to instruct her in all that was necessary to run his household and make his declining years comfortable. The 1st section deals with religious & moral duties; the 2nd contains the most exhaustive treatise on household management which has come down to us from the Middle Ages: gardening, hiring of servants, purchase & preparation of foods, including a detailed & elaborate cookery book. Pb, 256pp Prospect Books

Great Balls of Cheese  - $17.99http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Michelle Buffardi. Updated for contemporary taste, the author’s cheese balls come in both savoryand sweet flavors. Many of the recipes, photographed in gorgeous full color, are in adorable shapes for all kind of occasions. Perfect for food lovers with crafty flair or anyone who loves to entertain. More than 50 recipes, hardcover, 128 pp, full color photos throughout. Houghton Mifflin


Hermit’s Cookbook: Monks, Food & Fasting in the Middle Ages - $24.95

Andrew Jotischky. Why did the first hermits and monks cultivate indifference to food, and how did they sustain themselves on diets that seem so meager? As monasteries developed into large, complex institutions, they had to develop ways of feeding large numbers. While some monks went back to the original practices of the first hermits, others indulged in the forbidden foods eaten outside the cloister. This book explores monastic attitudes to food and fasting, opens the lid on how hermits and monks prepared and ate their food, and places them in the context of developing notions of cooking in the medieval world. Scholarly, hardcover, 6 b/w illus, bibliographic essay, index. No recipes. Continuum.


High SocietyDinners: Dining in Tsarist Russia - $60 - 8/14 http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Yori Lotman et al. The book offers extraordinary insight into the domestic arrangements of the Russian aristocracy, presenting six months’ worth of menus served in St Petersburg to the guests of Pavel Durnovo (1804–64), Grand Equerry to the Tsar, businessman and politician, part of an important late-19th-century dynasty that included ministers and high officials. The menus themselves would be useful enough for what they reveal about culinary culture in Russia, but it is the academic commentary in the introductory essay that is so invaluable, dissecting the choice of dishes, the dining rituals and the social circles of the participants. The second part is a transcript of one year’s menus and guest lists interspersed with extracts from family letters and journals. Taken with the extensive contemporary illustrations, the book offers extraordinary insight into the domestic arrangements of the Russian aristocracy. Hardcover, 400 pp, b/w iilus. Prospect Books

History of Food in 100 Recipes - $35http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

William Sitwell. A riveting narrative history of food as seen through 100 recipes, from ancient Egyptian bread to modernist cuisine. Most people have a favorite ingredient or dish. But how many of us know where our much-loved recipes come from, who invented them, and how they were originally cooked? This book explores the fascinating history of cuisine from the first cookbook to the first cupcake, from the invention of the sandwich to the rise of food television. A book A book for browsing as well as a collection of recipes. Hardcover, 360 pp.

How to Milk an Almond, Stuff an Egg, and Armor a Turnip; A Thousand Years of Recipes - $12.00http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

David Friedman & Elizabeth Cook. A new edition (very legible) of Duke Cariodoc’s famed collection of historic recipes and their redactions, culled from his classic Miscellaney. A great resource for both beginning and experienced historic cooks. Trade paper, perfect-bound, 158pp.recipe index & additional material on period cooking.


How to Prepare a Successful Feast - $5.00

Kathy Anderson. A worthwhile companion to Autocrating 101, this pamphlet guides you through all the necessary steps to planning and preparing a medieval feast, whether for 10 or 300.  Divided into “Before the Feast” and “The Day and Clean-Up”, this volume touches on planning stages, shopping, SCA forms, and more. Every local group should have one! Perfect-bound, 62pp. Glossary & references. SCA


Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It (and other cooking projects) - $24.95

Karen Solomon. This collection of 75 recipes features instructions for homemade cheese, condiments, smoked meats, pickles, noodles, crackers, & breadsticks, popsicles, jams, cordials, and more. Many can be completed in a single weekend. Prep-ahead tips, shopping lists, and optional extras are additional bonuses. Paper over board, 176pp, 50 color illus. Ten Speed


Jellies & Their Moulds - $24.00

Peter Brears – The English Kitchen Series. Jelly (Jello to most Americans) is a very old dish. Since the Middle Ages, we have been setting liquids in all their lustrous transparency by ingenious methods involving calves’ feet, veal bones, fish skins, and many other agents.  The author tells the story of jellies (mainly sweet) in England and discusses their changing place in meals over the centuries. He offers collectors a useful survey of moulds and cooks the opportunity to make the recipes that so delighted our ancestors. He takes his account from the Medieval period up to the recent past, and gives recipes and instructions, all well-tried, for creams, shapes, and other molded desserts. Cites original sources as well as giving redacted recipes. Trade Paperback, 255 p, 8 color plates, 43 b/w drawings and reproductions, index, recipe index, 14 p glossary, bibliog. Prospect Books


Lady’s Assistant (1787) -$31.95

Being a Complete System of Cookery...Including the Fullest and Choicest Recipes of Various Kinds... Charlotte Mason.  Paperback, 528pp. Applewood


London Art of Cookery (1811) - $26.95

Uniting the Principles of Elegance, Taste, and Economy : And Adapted To the Use Of Servants, and Families Of Every Description...John Farley. Paperback, 426pp. Applewood

Medieval Arab Cookery - $75.00
This long-awaited book contains papers by Maxime Rodinson & Charles Perry, as well as a reprint of A.J. Arberry's translation of "A Baghdad Cookery Book" [kitab al-Tibakhah, a 15th century cookbook.] Also includes Charles Perry's new translation of kitab Wasf al-At'ima al-Mu'tada. Foreword by Claudia Roden. 300pp. Prospect Books.

Medieval Cook –PAPER -  $24.95

Bridget Henisch. Henisch, who wrote the excellent Fast and Feast, now offers an insight into the world of the medieval cook, from the chefs in great courts to the peasant wife attempting to feed her family from scarce resources., from cooking at street stalls to working as hired caterers for private functions. Shows how they were presented in the art, literature, and moral commentary of the day, how they functioned, and how they coped with the limitations and expectations which faced them. Hardcover, 15 b/w illus, 245pp, extensive notes, select bibliog., a handful of recipes from Goodman of Paris, suggested readings, index. Boydell


Medieval Cuisine of the Islamic World - $26.95

Lilia Zaouali, translated by M B DeBevoise, with a foreword by Charles Perry. This concise history, a delightful culinary adventure that is part history and part cookbook, surveys the gastronomical art that developed at the Caliph’s sumptuous palaces in ninth and tenth century Baghdad, drew inspiration from Persian, Greco-Roman, and Turkish cooking, and rapidly spread across the Mediterranean. In a charming narrative, Zaouali brings to life Islam’s vibrant culinary heritage. She further considers cookware, utensils, aromatic substances, and condiments. The book also gathers an extensive selection of original recipes drawn from medieval culinary sources, as well as contemporary recipes that evoke the flavors of the Middle Ages. Paper, 238pp, 32 color illustrations. University of California Press


Medieval Kitchen - $22.50
Redon, Sabban, & Serventi. E. Schneider, trans. Recipes from France & Italy. 33pp notes & historical overview. Original recipes, translations, & redactions. Sources list, biblio. 200pp, pb. Univ Chicago Press.


Medieval Kitchen: A Social History - $39.00

In this richly illustrated history, Hannele Klemettilä corrects common misconceptions about the food of the Middle Ages, acquainting the reader not only with the food culture but also the customs and ideologies associated with eating in medieval times. Fish, meat, fruit, and vegetables traveled great distances to appear on dinner tables across Europe, and Klemettillä takes us into the medieval kitchens of Western Europe and Scandinavia to describe the methods and utensils used to prepare and preserve this well-traveled food. Contains more than sixty original recipes for enticing fare like roasted veal paupiettes with bacon and herbs, rose pudding, and spiced wine. Evoking the dining rooms and kitchens of Europe some six hundred years ago, The Medieval Kitchen will tempt anyone with a taste for the food, customs, and folklore of times long past. HC, 256pp. Reaktion Books


Ni’matnama of the Sultan of Mandu - $44.95

The Ni'matnama is a late fifteenth-century book of the recipes of the eccentric Sultan of Mandu (Madhya Pradesh), Ghiyath Shahi, collected and added to by his son and successor, Nasir Shah. It contains recipes for cooking a variety of delicacies and epicurean delights, as well as providing remedies and aphrodisiacs for the Sultan and his court. It also includes important sections on the preparation of betel leaves as well as advice on the logistics of hunting expeditions and warfare. The text provides a remarkable and tantalizing account of rarified courtly life in a fifteenth-century Indian Sultanate region. PB, 544pp.

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Louisa Shafia. A sumptuous volume based on the seasonal foods of Iran. Features dozens of recipes for traditional and modern dishes. Hardcover, 208pp, numerous illustrations. Random House.


Oldest Cuisine in the World - $17.00

Jean Bottero, translated by Teresa Lavendar Fagan. The author presents the first look at the culinary secrets of Mesopotamia. Covers material from religious rites, everyday rituals, attitudes and taboos, and even the detailed preparation techniques involving food and drink in high culture during the 2nd and 3rd centuries BCE. Offering everything from translated recipes for pigeon and gazelle stews to the contents of medicinal teas and broths and the origins of ingredients native to the region, this book reveals the cuisine of one of history’s most fascinating societies. Scholarly. Paper, reprint. 152pp. University of Chicago Press


Olive Trees and Honey - $29.95

Gil Marks. A treasury of Jewish vegetarian recipes from communities around the world. Acclaimed Judaic cooking expert, chef, and rabbi Marks uncovers this vibrant culinary heritage for home cooks. Marks’ insights into the origins and evolution of the recipes, suggestions for holiday menus, and culture-rich discussion of key ingredients enhance this portrait of Jewish cooking.  Hardcover, 464pp, 300 recipes, index. John Wiley


Open-Hearth Cookbook: recapturing the flavor of Early America - $15.00

Suzanne Goldenson & Doris Simpson.  The authors combine their talents to show us techniques for open-hearth roasting, baking, broiling, & frying. Sample recipes cover a full range of dishes. The authors emphasize the appliances & techniques that make this cooking realistic in today’s homes where the fireplace is not in the kitchen. List of sources, biblio, index, b/w illus. 176pp, Pb. Alan C Hood & Co


Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi (1570): L’arte et prudenza d’un maestro Cuoco- $45.00 – NOW in paperback!

Translated with commentary by Terrence Scully. Bartolomeo Scappi, cook for several cardinals and two popes, compiled the largest cookery treatise of the period to instruct an apprentice on the full craft of fine cuisine. Accompanying his book was a set of unique and precious engravings that show the ideal kitchen of his day, its operations and myriad utensils. This book presents more than 1,000 recipes, menus that comprise up to 100 dishes, and commentary on a cook’s responsibilities. Scully presents the first English translation of this work. His aim is to make the recipes and the broad experience of this sophisticated papal cook accessible to a modern audience interested in the culinary expertise and gastronomic refinement within the most civilized niche of Renaissance society. Paper, University of Toronto Press


Plenti and Grase: Food and Drink in a  Sixteenth-century Household - $60.00

Mark Dawson. This is an important study of the household affairs—especially as they relate to the provisioning and consumption of food and drink—of the Willoughby family of Wollaton Hall in Nottingham and Middleton Hall in Warwickshire. The Willoughby archive is a wonderful survival, and Dawson has used it to construct a valuable account on the running of a large household as well as to offer convincing quantities and figures as firm foundation to his commentary. His focus is not restricted to the top table, but includes the food of the household at large, even down to scullions. Hardcover, 400pp, dj, references & notes, bibliog., extensive index, appendices, 5 b/w illus, 18 b/w photos, map. Prospect Books


Pleyn Delit - $25.95
Constance B Hieatt, Brenda M. Hosington, & Sharon Butler. Revised Second Edition. 192p, over 100 recipes. Excellent, clear recipes. New material includes recipes from Arabia, Catalonia, & Italy. Pb. Univ Toronto Press.


The Ploughman’s Lunch and the Miser’s Feast: Authentic Pub Food, Restaurant Fare, and Home Cooking from Small Towns, Big Cities, and Country Villages across the British Isles - $26.95

Brian Yarvin. Traditional British recipes with instructions adapted for American kitchens. Complimented by lively sidebars drawn from the author’s experiences as an ordinary traveler.  The title says it all! Mouthwatering recipes! Hardcover, 320pp, color illus. Harvard Common Press..


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Virginia T. Elverson & Mary Ann McLanahan. Ranging from the simple to the sumptuous, here are over 200 recipes inspired by Colonial meals. Inspired by recipes the authors discovered in cookbooks, family journals, and notebooks from 150 to 250 years ago. Each chapter is introduced by accounts of how early Americans breakfasted, dined, drank, and entertained. B/w illus drawn from objects in various collections both private & public.HC, dj, 180pp, Bibliogrpahy, glossary, index.


Roman Cooking - $20.00

Mark Grant. “Mark Grant unveils the food eaten by the ordinary people of ancient Rome.” Drawing not only on Apicius but also on a number of other ancient authors (most unavailable in English translation) Mr Grant offers us a wide selection of appetizing recipes and fascinating commentary on Roman culinary and dietary habits. 187p, notes, biblio, pb. Serif Press

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Habeeb Salloum, Mina Salloum, & Leila Salloum-Elias. The author of the thirteenth-century Arabic cookbook Kitāb al-abīkh proposed that food was among the foremost pleasures in life. Scheherazade's Feasts invites adventurous cooks to test this hypothesis. From the seventh to the thirteenth centuries, the influence and power of the medieval Islamic world stretched from the Middle East to the Iberian Peninsula, and this Golden Age gave rise to great innovation in gastronomy no less than in science, philosophy, and literature. The medieval Arab culinary empire was vast and varied: with trade and conquest came riches, abundance, new ingredients, and new ideas. The emergence of a luxurious cuisine in this period inspired an extensive body of literature: poets penned lyrics to the beauty of asparagus or the aroma of crushed almonds; nobles documented the dining customs obliged by etiquette and opulence; manuals prescribed meal plans to deepen the pleasure of eating and curtail digestive distress. Drawing on this wealth of material, this book presents more than 100 recipes for food and drink of all kinds, easy to follow and delicious. Hardcover, 256 pp, University of Pennsylvania Press

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Andrew & Maureen Dalby. A beautifully illustrated cookbook revealing what people were really eating in Shakespeare’s time, this book features fifty original menus and recipes from 16th and 17th century cookbooks. Includes fully tested adaptations of the original recipes. Hardcover, dw, 144pp, index. British Museum Press.

Adams Media


Sherbet & Spice: the complete story of Turkish sweets & Desserts - $28

Mary Isin. "The Turks have been famous for their sweet tooth since the days when so many confectioners worked at the Topkapi Palace that they had their own mosque. Sweets permeate Turkish life. Mary Isin has gathered a mountain of information on this rich subject--recipes from the Middle Ages to the present, science, history, and folkways. It’s a sweet read, says Charles Perry. One hundred sculpted sugar lions, baklava the size of cartwheels a thousand layers thick, helva made in memory of the dead, rose jam in a hundred pots of Dresden china, violet sherbet for the sultan, and parrots addicted to sugar . . . the stories behind Turkey's huge variety of sweets and puddings, valued not only for their taste but as symbols of happiness, good fortune, and goodwill, are as fascinating as their flavor. This riveting exploration of their history and role in Turkish culture is a voyage of adventure, taking us from the sultan's palace to the homes of ordinary people in Turkey's villages and towns, and beyond to Central Asia, Persia, Arabia, and Egypt. 256pp, HC. I B Tauris


Skyr and Musa; Viking Curds and Whey - $5.00

Mary Ellen Reitz. “We know much of what the Vikings ate… but lack cookbooks on precisely how to combine those ingredients. Skyr is an exception… It is a living tradition in Iceland…” the author tells us, and proceeds to describe skyr (a cross between a yogurt and a cheese), to discuss its place in the Norse sagas, to inform us of the technique to make it, and to give us recipes using both skyr and its co-product, musa. Includes references and end notes. Perfect-bound, 57pp, b/w photos. SCA.

Soup for the Qan - $148.00

Paul Buell & Eugene Anderson. This massive tome contains a full facsimile and English translation of the noted Chinese dietary manual of the Mongol era, dated 1330. Extensive historical & cultural analysis, discussion of the influence of Turks, Islamic sources, & the influence of the steppe culture is followed by notes on weights & measures. Appendices include an impressive biblio & index. Amazingly clear period pictures of various foodstuffs illustrate the text. HC, 715pp,. Brill

Sweet Delights from a Thousand and One Nights: The Story of Traditional Arab Sweets - $29.00http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Habeeb and Mina Salloum, Leila Salloum Elias. A celebration of the lesser-known culinary sweets combines traditional recipes, modern versions, and rich cultural stories from the 10th through the 14th centuries while tracing the development and influence of sweet dishes throughout non-Arabic lands. Hardcover, 272 pp, index, extensive bibliog., glossary, 32 color photos. I.B. Tauris


Take 1000 Eggs or More - $24.95
Cindy Renfrow. An excellent source for both the beginning medieval cook and the experienced redactor. Volume One contains original recipes followed by plain text modern English translations. Facing pages contain clear, usable modern recipes and comments. Volume Two contains over 400 original period recipes and straight English translations, but no reworkings. Also includes period feast menus, a brief discussion of redaction, a glossary of phrases, bibliography, and index. Vol One: 275pp, Vol Two: 600pp. pb. Perfect-bound. Sold as a set only.



A Taste of Ancient Rome - $22.50
Ilaria Giacosa, trans A Herklotz. Draws on Apicius, Cato, Martial, Petronius, Juvenal, & others, to recreate a 2,000-yr old cuisine. Each recipe includes original (Latin & English) & modern rendering. 224p, 19 color & 13 bw illus, pb. University/Chicago.


Tastes and Temptation: Food and Art in Renaissance Italy - $18.95

John Varriano. A feast for the mind and eye, this beautifully illustrated, compellingly readable book is a rich exploration of the little-examined interplay between art and cuisine during the Italian Renaissance. He looks at the elaborate centerpieces that were made of food, and at the emergence of the celebrity cook and celebrity painter. Paper, 275pp, 75 color illus, dj, notes, bibliog., index. University of California Press

Tastes of Anglo-Saxon England - $9.95
Mary Savelli. A carefully researched compendium of recipes from Early Medieval Britain, each complemented with historical and source information. General information about drinks & cooking techniques, followed by 46 recipes. 80pp, paper. Anglo-Saxon Books.

Tender Meat Under the Saddle - $25.00

(Sonderband VII)  Series of essays on various aspects of the customs of eating, drinking, and hospitality among conquering Hungarians. Scholarly. Tr pb.

Med/Aevum Quotidianum.

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Janice Murfitt et al. This volume teaches how to make perfect cakes, icings, & frostings, as well as ribbon work, frills, collars, lettering, modeling, and piped decorations. A second section expands on this base, including tube & brush embroidery, lace, figure modeling, sugar-flower sprays, bas relief, pastillage & filigree. Lavishly illustrated with color photos. Six authors display their expertise in their fields of sugar craft. Flapped paperback, 504 pp. Tuttle


Ultimate Wood-Fired Oven Book, 2nd Edition- $29.95

Anna Carpenter. This book equips you with information to successfully choose, install, and use your own wood-fired oven. Great tips concerning different kinds of insulation, tools, cooking techniques, and recipes. Step-by-step guidelines and plans for building are included. Great photos will inspire you to design the perfect setting for your oven, suited to your needs and budget. Tr paper, 128pp, 332 color photos. Schiffer Publications.

Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook An Epic Culinary Journey to the Heart of Westeros! - $19.95http://poisonpenpress.com/images/new2.gif

Alan Kistler. Eat like a Lannister. Brew spirits to warm you in the coming winter. Treat guests to exotic sweets and alchemy-inspired cocktails. With this collection of hearty meals inspired by George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, it's all possible! Every dish finds its roots in the pages that brought Westeros to life. A somewhat more modest attempt to bring to life the foods so vividly described by George R R Martin in his Game of Thrones series. Hardcover, 256 pp., bibliog.


Viandier of Taillevent  - $31.00

Terence Scully, editor.  Originally published in 1988, and happily again available, this volume contains all four extant manuscripts of this text.  Texts of the 220 recipes are presented both in the original French and in English translation. Includes glossary and bibliography. Selected recipes have been adapted for modern use & arranged in menus for six. Hc, 361 pp.  Univ Ottawa


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or, Methodical Cook. Mary Randolph. Paper, 200 pp.



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