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Complete recipe books from all periods of history and regions of the UK & Ireland.

The Forme Of Cury
This medieval recipe manuscript (thought to be the oldest 'cook book' in English) was written around 1390 A.D., containing approx 196 recipes from "The chief Master Cooks of King Richard II".
The medieval manuscript known as ‘Hareian Manuscript number 279′ was written around 1430 A.D. and it has three parts to it, with approximately 258 recipes written in Middle English.
The medieval manuscript known as 'Hareian Manuscript number 4016' was written around 1450 A.D. and has approximately 182 recipes, it is also almost exactly the same as 'Douce MS 55'.
'A Proper Newe Booke Of Cookerye' was first published in 1545 (in Tudor England) it contains 49 recipes, with an introduction of seasonal recipe instructions and food-course recommendations.
This Tudor recipe book 'The Good Huswifes Jewell' was written around 1597 A.D. by Thomas Dawson; it focusses mainly on meat and poultry recipes which utilise many different herbs and spices.
‘The Accomplisht Cook’, was written by Robert May and published in 1660 A.D. It was published just after the English Civil War and features many diverse recipes and images of dishes.
Published in 1669 A.D. (after his death) ‘The Closet Of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened’, is a wonderful cook book full of excellent period recipes, including many mead and other drink related recipes.
This is a collection of popular drink recipes (collated by Richard Cook) from the early 1800s which were made and drunk at Oxford University. Posset and Punch drinks are mainly covered here.
Written by George Edwin Roberts and Henry Porter in 1863 this is a book which discusses both the history of drinking and compound drinks and supplies some very interesting period drink recipes.
This is a collection of recipes from Wales, collated by RecipeWISE. These are authentic regional recipes taken from the main Welsh counties from the 1800s and 1900s.
This is a collection of recipes from Ireland, collated by RecipeWISE. These are mainly regional recipes taken from the four provinces, Ulster, Munster, Connacht and Leinster from the 1800s and 1900s.
This is a collection of recipes from England, collated by RecipeWISE. These are mainly local recipes taken from the rural counties of England, recipes from the 1800s and 1900s.
This is a full collection of over 230 Jam, Jelly, Marmalade & Preserve Recipes, collated by RecipeWISE from award wining recipes published in the 1800s and early 1900s.
A collection of over 140 of the World’s Best (original and authentic) Cocktail Recipes from the 1800s and 1900s. Learn how to properly make cocktails from the Martini to the Hunter’s Flask.