Written by the head chef of the Spanish kings: one of the most interesting documents with recipes from old Spanish cuisine

Libro de Cozina

Libro de Cozina

Libro de Cozina

  1. Spanish cuisine was already famous during the Middle Ages, benefiting from Moorish influences

  2. This cookbook was written by Ruperto de Nola, a chef for various Aragonese kings including Ferdinand I

  3. It first emerged in Catalan ca. 1520 and this Spanish codex was printed in Seville by Jacobo Cromberger (1472/73-1528) in 1538

Libro de Cozina

Libro de Cozina – R/30862 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
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Short Description

Today, one associates Spain with unique architecture, sun, wine, and delicious food. Not much has changed in the 500 years since this culinary text was written, because Spanish cuisine was already famous during the Middle Ages. The Moorish influence is not only evident in Spain’s historic architecture, but in its cuisine, which is well-documented in this fascinating codex.

Libro de Cozina

Catalan cuisine was already highly esteemed during the Middle Ages, and this specimen is one of the most popular testimonials thereof, appearing in numerous editions in both Catalan and Spanish. Although relatively few specimens have survived, the text continues to be one of the most interesting documents concerning old Catalan and Aragonese recipes. The contents of the book are self-described in its extensive title, translating roughly to “of many stews and casseroles for the time when you can eat meat and during Lent, delicious food and sauces, soups for ill people of great sustenance, pan fruits and marzipans, without forgetting the details relating to the service and jobs of the houses of Kings, great men and gentlemen and above all things that are good”. The comprehensive text was written by Ruperto de Nola, who is remembered as a famous chef, but little is known about the personal details of his life. It is known that he was a cook for various kings of Naples from the Aragonese dynasty, Ferdinand I (1423-94) inter alia. The text first emerged ca. 1520 in Catalan and this Spanish codex was printed in Seville by Jacobo Cromberger (1472/73-1528) in 1538.

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Libro de Cozina
Libro de Cozina – R/30862 – Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
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Libro de Cozina

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 2003
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