This is the only medieval cookery book conserved in the Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature in Gent (Belgium). It is a convolute, which means that several manuscripts are gathered in one binding. In the case of this particular convolute, it is certain that the four manuscripts it consists of have all been written in the same household, or at least in the same environment over some time, probably the end of the fifteenth century and the first quarter of the sixteenth century.
The first three volumes contain mainly culinary recipes and a few medicinal recipes. The last volume contains only medicinal recipes. Several hands have contributed to the volumes. The first volume is written by one hand (a), with some small exceptions. In recipe 1.40 the last word ("hant") is repeated in a different hand (hand w). Recipe 1.42a is written in yet another hand (hand v). From page 30 onwards the recipe titles are written in another, very ungainly hand (hand x). The second volume is also written by one hand (b), except for the last few pages which contain recipes written by two other hands (c) and (d). The third and fourth volumes of the manuscript are again written in one hand which resembles closely hand a, it may very well be the same hand. Volumes one and three are in part written on the same paper (with the same filigrane). The name "gerardus rodolphus" is written in two places, in volume one and in volume two (hand z). In the second volume there is another name of ownership: "Dit boeck hoert toe Alijt Anthonis Belartsdochter" (hand y) ("This book belongs to Alijt daughter of Anthonis Belart").
Although the volumes have known a seperate existence, it seems that they have been bound in one cover for a long time.
Unlike UB Gent 476 and UB Gent 1035, this convolute shows signs of use near a kitchen. There are quite a few pages which are stained with wat seems to be typical 'cookbook stains'. It would be interesting to analyse some of these stains, but I do not suppose that will ever happen.
The edition of the first volume in this convolute is finished, and can be found here.
The edition of the second volume is in progress. It has been dragging for some time, but I hope to finish this part before the summer of 2012. The progress can be followed here.
I have made modern adaptations from several recipes in all three volumes, On this page you can find these versions, with pictures of the prepared dishes.