The Viandier of Taillevent: An Edition of All Extant Manuscripts

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University of Ottawa Press, 1988 - Cooking - 361 pages
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This volume is the first to present all four extant manuscripts of the Viandier de Taillevent. The texts of the 220 recipes are in their original French and a complete English translation is provided. Variants between the four manuscripts represent more than a century of modifications in gastronomic tastes and culinary practices in French seigneurial life. The commentary and notes trace the significance of these modifications and indicate the influence the Viandierexercised on more recent cookery books throughout Europe. This critical edition also includes a glossary and a bibliography. In addition, selected recipes have been adapted for modern use and arranged in a menu for six people.

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Texts of the Four Manuscripts and Commentary
English Translation of the Viandier
Modernizing the Viandier
Bibliography and Index

About the author (1988)

Terrence Scully has a Ph.D. in French from the University of Toronto. He specializes in old French literature and civilization and has published several works in this field including "Chiquart's "On Cookery"" and "A Fiftheenth-Century Savoyard Culinary Treatise." In line with his view that medieval culture should be more than academic study, Dr. Scully, in collaboration with his wife Eleanor, prepares authentic fourteenth century dishes for a medieval banquet for his students.

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