Austrian National Library Exhibits History of Cooking

An exhibit on the history of cooking and dining is now on display at the Austrian National Library in Vienna. The Art of Cuisine and the Culture of Dining: Culinary Documents from the Austrian National Library runs until October 31, 2006.

The display will include "a selection of the oldest and most valuable examples of cookery books" in the collection of the Austrian National Library. According to the Library's website:

"The exhibition starts with some of the country’s oldest medieval cookery books, including the hand-written cookery book of St. Dorothy’s Convent in Vienna. Many cookery books from that period are amazing because of their fantastic and partly incredible recipes, most of which also consider medicinal aspects. Some of the generously illuminated manuscripts also provide in-depth written and pictorial information as to how to obtain and prepare common as well as exotic ingredients."