Recipes, ingredients and words from the world in 16th century Portuguese Ga...
Lecture by Anabela Leal Barros, University of Minho (Portugal), organised by Camoes Centre and King’s Brazil Institute.
The manuscript 142 of the District Archive of Braga includes the second oldest Portuguese cookbook, and the most extensive. With about three hundred cooking recipes until the sixteenth century, combines the medieval Portuguese tradition with the first novelties of the Discoveries; shows good presence of the Arab, Mediterranean and Peninsular cuisine, embroidered with Spanish, Italian and other European elements, but also Asian, African and American, from Madrid and Rome to Calecut or S. Tomé Island.
In addition to the first booklet of the codex, with cooking recipes, booklets II and III (which include, respectively, numerous home and approved remedies and an agricultural, livestock and veterinary art) also make frequent reference to recipes and diets that reconcile local ingredients, and traditional cooking methods, with others transported from all over the newly discovered world. In the codex as a whole, the lexicon relating to recipes, ingredients and procedures thus combines elements of all languages, peoples and cultures involved.
Anabela Barros is a member of the DIAITA Project - Lusophone Food Heritage supported by FCT, Capes and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The project investigates the Portuguese Culinary Heritage (mainly from Portugal and Brazil) the wide range of flavours and tastes due to the travels and migrations, since the 15th century. For this project, Anabela edited and studied a manuscript recipe book dating from the 16th century.