14th century monarch popularizes Italian cuisine

14th century monarch Frederick II of Swabia was instrumental in spreading the popularity of Italian cuisine throughout Europe. Now his recipe books are available through the writing of University of Bari professor Anna Martellotti.

The recipe books of Frederick II is a comparison between two period cookbooks The Meridionale and the Liber de coquina, both written in the 13th and 14th centuries.

More about I ricettari

Here is part of the rundown on I ricettari di Federico II! The review in PPC 81 from July 2006 notes:

An important edition of the Liber de coquina in all its guises from a core of southern Italian recipes to various regional overlays and reworkings. A long introduction discusses the state of Scilian cookery in the reign of the Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick II and the several manuscripts are serially collated so that the reader xan compare and contrast."

OldCook.com gives a fairly good summary of the thesis that the book is presenting. http://www.oldcook.com/liber_de_coquina.htm Google will translate if need be.


Book isn't new

This book came out in 2005, so why the news story at this time? It was mentioned on the SCA Cooks List back in August of 2006.

See _I ricettari di Federico II : dal "Meridionale" al "Liber de coquina" review is here-- http://www.ext.upmc.fr/urfist/menestrel/cralimentation/Martellotti.pdf also here http://www.storiamedievale2.net/Rec/ricettari.htm

Johnnae llyn Lewis

Book isn't new

> This book came out in 2005, so why the news story at this time?

Probably because neither of the editors at SCAtoday.net (myself and my wife, Milica) are avid cooks, and we didn't know it was old news. It was new information to us, and SCAtoday.net hadn't covered it before, so we thought it might be new information to some of our readers as well.

In situations where something is old news, but possibly new to the SCA community, we tend to go ahead and mention it briefly anyway, on the theory that those who already knew about it will just skip over the article. Better too much info, than too little. :-)

Kind regards,