A Proper New Booke of Cookery - tart of marygolds, prim roses and cowslips

Recipes for a variety of tarts, including damson tart, borage flowers tart, and a tart of 'Marygoldes, prim roses and Cowslips'.

About A Proper New Booke of Cookery


A Proper New Booke of Cookery was published in 1575. The book provides recipes for a range of dishes including broths, roast meats, pies and preserves.

The late 16th century was the first time that cookery books began to be published and acquired regularly. It was also the first time that cookery books were directed at a female audience. However, literacy rates among women were very low, so it is likely that these books would only have been purchased by the privileged few. In any case, only the higher echelons of society would have had regular access to valuable key ingredients such as sugar, spices, hothouse-grown fruits or plentiful livestock.

It is also in this period that cookery book writers begin to provide practical instructions of the kind we would recognise in the recipe books of today. The advice provided in A Proper New Booke of Cookery is relatively detailed: quantities are described in spoonfuls, dishes and ladlefuls; cooking times are outlined; in a recipe for a 'tarte of chese', sliced hard cheese should be soaked in sweet milk for three hours the scum needs to be removed from the surface of a 'stew after the Guyse of Beyonde the Sea'; and 'Applemoyse' may be sprinkled with biscuits of cinnamon and ginger before serving.

Taken from: A Proper New Booke of Cookery
Author / Creator: Anon
Publisher: William How, for A. Veale
Date: 1575
Copyright: By permission of the British Library
Shelfmark: C.31.1.14