Early examples
Apicius, De re culinaria, an early assortment of recipes.

The earliest known prepared recipes time to 1730 BC and were noted on cuneiform capsules present in Mesopotamia.

Other early written recipes time from around 1600 BC and result from an Akkadian tablet from southern Babylonia. There are also performs in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs depicting the preparation of food.

Many ancient Greek recipes are known. Mithaecus’s cookbook was an earlier one, but nearly all of it has been missing; Athenaeus estimates one small recipe in his Deipnosophistae. Athenaeus mentions a great many other cookbooks, all of them lost.

Roman recipes are identified starting in the 2nd century BCE with Cato the Elder’s P Agri Cultura. Several writers with this period described eastern Mediterranean preparing in Greek and in Latin. Some Punic recipes are identified in Greek and Latin translation.

The large collection of recipes Delaware re coquinaria, conventionally named Apicius, seemed in the 4th or 5th century and is the sole total remaining cook book from the established world. It lists the courses served in meals as Gustatio (appetizer), Primae Mensae (main course) and Secundae Mensae (dessert). Each formula begins with the Latin order “Take…,” “Recipe….”

Arabic recipes are reported starting in the 10th century; see al-Warraq and al-Baghdadi.

The first menu in Persian appointments from the 14th century. A few recipes have lasted from the time of Safavids, including Karnameh (1521) by Mohammad Ali Bavarchi, which includes the preparing instruction in excess of 130 different dishes and pastries, and Madat-ol-Hayat (1597) by Nurollah Ashpaz. Formula publications from the Qajar era are numerous, the most notable being Khorak-ha-ye Irani by prince Nader Mirza.

Master Richard II of England commissioned a formula book named Forme of Cury in 1390, and around once, still another book was printed entitled Curye on Inglish, “cury” indicating cooking. Equally publications give an impact of how food for the respectable classes was organized and served in England at that time. The lavish taste of the aristocracy in the Early Contemporary Time produced with it the begin of so what can be called the present day recipe book. By the 15th century, numerous manuscripts were showing explaining the recipes of the day. A number of these manuscripts provide very good information and report the re-discovery of several herbs and spices including coriander, parsley, basil and rosemary, many of which had been cut back from the Crusades.