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"The Cookbook Library" traces the history of the modern cookbook

The Cookbook Library by Anne Willan recounts the centuries old history of the printed cookbook.

Cookbook author Anne Willan has published a new book, "The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook," which traces the history of the printed cookbook. As Willan describes, the cookbook dates back to medieval Europe. Cookbooks were some of the first types of books printed, along with the Gutenberg Bible. In this illustrated book, Willan also share historic recipes for readers to indulge in their own medieval feasts.


Anne Willan, co-author of "The Cookbook Library," a detailed history of the recipe and the cookbook.

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