Monday, October 10, 2011

Food and Cookbooks

For all intents and purposes, the Germanic people north of the Alps were somewhat isolated from the rest of Western European culture. (I've heard the same said of the British Isles/Ireland area, but that's for someone else to research :D) Therefore, their food supplies were rather limited due to the harsher climate and expense of bringing Mediterranean foodstuffs, like olive oil, citrus fruit, and such, their direction. So what was common to the Germanic people's dining table? Let's start with the cookbooks...

Historic Cookbooks - A general list of many different cookbooks from many different countries.

German language cookery texts (1350-1896) [German]

Incipit libellus de arte coquinaria (circa 13th cent) [German? with Latin]
Das Buch von guter Speise (circa 1345-1354) [German and English]
Das Kochbuch der Meisters Eberhard (circa mid 15th cent) [German and English]
Das Kochbuch der Handschrift (circa 15th cent) [German]
Küchemaistery (c1485) [Google Translated summary of the book]
Küchemaistery (c1497 Augsburg) [Copy of original text]
Küchemaistery (c1507) [Copy of original text]
Kochbuch (c1550 Nuremburg) [Copy of original handwritten text]
Das Kochbuch der Sabrina Welserin (1553) [English] and Das Kochbuch der Sabrina Welserin [German]
Kochbuch der Maria Stenglerin (1554 Augsburg)

Since Early New High German (or Early Modern German or Middle High German) was the version of German that was spoken during my era, I wanted to include a ENHG to English dictionary that I found online. It's not very extensive, but it's better than nothing. Is there someone out there that teaches ENHG? :D I have found a few books from the turn of the century that I hope help. One is A Middle High German Primer by Joseph Wright (1917), which centers on Upper German (Bavaria, Switzerland, Baden, Swabia and Alcase) from 1200-1300.

My final goal is to take both Maria Stenglerin, Sabrina Welserin's and Meister Eberhard's cookbooks and produce a list of foodstuffs that would have been fairly common to the Germanic dining table in the 15th-16th centuries.


Alena said...

I like your plan for making a list of foodstuffs! Good luck with your endeavor, I hope you're willing to share it when it is complete.


Khaentlahn said...

That's my plan! *crosses fingers the motivation continues*