HowToHistory.com, a website dedicated to creating and preserving video tutorials in the historic arts, recently found a documentary about The Forme of Cury. The interest was so great, the site obtained a public domain copy of the manuscript to give to their newsletter subscribers.
Complimentary copies of the manuscript are being mailed to all members of HowToHistory.
The Forme of Cury is Britain's oldest known cookbook, first compiled in the 1390s during the reign of Richard II. It was later presented to Queen Elizabeth by Edward Lord Stafford, and published into book form in 1780 by Samuel Pegge. The manuscript contains dozens of recipes created by King Richard's own chefs. It is written in Middle English, and the recipes are often little more than a list of ingredients. But people interested in historic cooking know many of these dishes well and enjoy deciphering the unfamiliar ones.