Middle Dutch cookery books in manuscripts
Introduction

The Dutch medieval culinary tradition in writing is relatively young. There are three manuscripts, or to be exact, two manuscripts and one convolute containing four manuscripts (the last text only medicinal recipes), that all date from the end of the fifteenth century at the earliest. All texts are kept in the Belgian city Gent, the two manuscripts UB 476 and UB 1035 in the University Library, the convolute KANTL 15 in the Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature.

Of these cookery books, only UB 476 is relatively easily available in a modern edition from 1998 (revised edition from 1989). Just look for used volumes. Of the convolute KANTL 15 the culinary three texts have been published in two papers in 1986 (vol.1 separately from vols 2 and 3) in the Flemish periodical Volkskunde. As far as I know, volume 4 of KANTL 15 has not been published yet. UB 1035 has been published, but over 140 years ago, in 1872. From that edition there is an online rendition of the medieval text, without introduction, notes or translation.

To make these medieval Dutch recipe collections accessible for a larger public, I have started to publish new editions online, with translations in modern Dutch and English and glossaries. The Middle Dutch texts are based on my own transcriptions from the manuscripts, so there may be some differences with the printed editions. The medieval text is public domain, but please note that the translations are not. Please credit the source (i.e. Christianne Muusers) when using the translations.

Sitemap to the editions

Manuscript Gent UB 1035
Introduction
List of recipes
Edition and translations - Chapter 1
Edition and translations - Chapter 2
Glossary
 
Manuscript Gent UB 476
In preparation
Convolute Gent  KANTL 15
Introduction
Manuscript Gent KANTL 15 vol.1
Introduction
List of recipes
Edition and translations - recipes 1-50
Edition and translations - recipes 51-92  
Glossary
Manuscript KANTL Gent 15 vol.2
Introduction 
List of recipes

Edition and translations - recipes 1-50  
Edition and translations - recipes 51-100
Edition and translations - recipes 101-150 In progress
Glossary
 
Manuscript Gent KANTL 15 vol.3
In preparation
Manuscript Gent KANTL 15 vol.4
In preparation