Medieval cookbook going online

A 15th century cookbook by Richard II’s chef is soon going to be available online thanks to a digital project at the city’s John Rylands Library.
The Forme of Cury is a 600-year-old recipe book and includes recipes made with costly spices. “The ingredients were extremely expensive and beyond the income of the peasants and the middle classes,” John Hodgson keeper of manuscripts at the library told the BBC this morning.
Other items to be included in the project are the complete Canterbury Tales.
Fragile manuscripts at the University of Manchester’s library will be photographed with a high definition digital camera and the images will then be published on the web.
The project will begin in October and will be completed in 2009.
Listen to the full interview with Mr Hodgson here.


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