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A Chaucerian Cookery

Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum

How to Cook  Medieval

Messe it Forth

An Elizabethan Dinner Conversation

The Cockentrice - A Ryal Mete

Coqz Heaumez - A Helmeted Cock

Medieval Gingerbread

In the Pursuit of Venison

The Kitchen of Mirth

A Tale of Two Tarts

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A Renaissance Cookery Book

Recipes from A Newe Boke of Olde Cokery

Incredible Foods, Solteties, & Entremets

Illusion Foods

Byzantine Recipes

The Historical Cookery Page

17th Century English Recipes

Modern Recipes for Beginners

A Chaucerian Cookery

The Cockentrice - A Ryal Mete

Coqz Heaumez - A Helmeted Cock

Medieval Gingerbread

Feasts Within the SCA

Alabama Renaissance Faire

A Tale of Two Tarts

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Here Bygynneth A Boke of Gode Cookery

God may send a man good meate, but the devyll sende an evyll cooke.

Medieval cooking was not, as has been so easily assumed, a dubious practice that produced inedible dishes filled with strange spices and dangerous ingredients. Medieval cooks used many of the same type of foodstuffs that are in use today, in addition to forms of food preparation familiar to any of us. The dishes and recipes they prepared were neither inedible nor dangerous, but extremely delicious and nourishing products that employed the finest meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables medieval society was capable of developing. Then as now, mankind knew what tasted good and the sauces, stews, pies, roasts, and soups that satisfied the 14th century family are just as wholesome and enjoyable today.

 

Many of the recipes in this site originate from true medieval & Renaissance sources, are fully documented, and have been adapted for use in the modern kitchen. Original sources & bibliographies are featured whenever possible; historical authenticity and research are our main concerns, along with producing viands that are enjoyable & good to eat. Those recipes that are neither authentic nor documented are clearly defined as being so, and are included for those who wish to prepare modern foods with a medieval flavor. Whether it's a small repast for two or an entire medieval feast, a documented period dinner or a party with a medieval theme, Gode Cookery can provide authentic and delicious dishes with which to please and satisfy your guests.

 
Meat pies filled with pork, beef, raisins and dates, topped with whole chicken pieces; soups flavored with wine and thickened with almonds; vegetables and fruit marinated in wine, honey, & herbs and savory sauces & stews of all varieties! Venison pies & rabbit in gravy; beef roasts, stuffed goose, & fish marinated in ale; sweet pastries fried in oil, fruit confections, and sculptures made of sugar! Exotic creations such as the Cockentrice, half pig & half chicken, and the Coqz Heaumez, a knightly hen who rides a suckling steed - this is the food of the Middle Ages!

 

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Medieval Cookery Books Available Through The Gode Cookery Bookshop!

Many of the valuable & informative reference books used in the creation of Gode Cookery, including Terence Scully's Art of Cookery in the Middle Ages and Food and Feast in Medieval England by P. W. Hammond, are now available through this site and Amazon.com! If you admire and enjoy Gode Cookery, then you should also be pleased with any of the books listed here below and at the Bookshop. And if you're a serious food historian or someone who actively enjoys medieval cooking, then these are must-haves for your collection.

The Medieval
Kitchen
cover
Odile Redon
Fast
and Feast
cover
Bridget Ann Henisch
The English
Housewife
cover
Gervase Markham
Libellus De Arte
Coquinaria

Rudolf Grewe
More Medieval Cookery Books Are At The Gode Cookery Bookshop

Pleyn Delit, Fabulous Feasts, Take a Thousand Eggs or More, and other titles.

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This cookbook is for your reading pleasure, as well as your eating pleasure. May you enjoy both, to full measure!

About the Author: James L. Matterer has an academic background in both culinary arts and history. He has been researching and recreating medieval food since 1979 and has presented dozens of authentic feasts, the largest being for over 300 people. A member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., he has received that organization's highest Arts & Science award for his research & recreation of the cookery of Chaucerian England. James has taught a medieval cooking workshop at Penn State University, has had several recipes published in scholastic textbooks, and along with his medieval catering company, also called Gode Cookery, is the premier caterer for the Alabama Renaissance Fair.  In 2004, 2005, 2006, & 2007 he appeared on the Food Network series, "The Secret Life of...".  James lives with his partner and 7 cats in Steubenville, Ohio.


James at a medieval reenactment, Feb. 18, 2006

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