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

The first identified prepared recipes date to 1730 BC and were noted on cuneiform pills present in Mesopotamia.

Other early prepared recipes date from around 1600 BC and originate from an Akkadian pill from southern Babylonia. There’s also performs in historical Egyptian hieroglyphs depicting the planning of food.

Several historical Greek recipes are known. Mithaecus’s cookbook was an early on one, but nearly all of it has been lost; Athenaeus estimates one short recipe in his Deipnosophistae. Athenaeus mentions a number of other cookbooks, them all lost.

Roman recipes are known starting in the next century BCE with Cato the Elder’s De Agri Cultura. Many writers of this time identified eastern Mediterranean cooking in Greek and in Latin. Some Punic recipes are identified in Greek and Latin translation.

The large number of recipes P re coquinaria, conventionally titled Apicius, appeared in the 4th or 5th century and is the sole total remaining cookbook from the classical world. It lists the programs offered in meals as Gustatio (appetizer), Primae Mensae (main course) and Secundae Mensae (dessert). Each menu starts with the Latin command “Take…,” “Recipe….”

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

The initial formula in Persian dates from the 14th century. Many recipes have survived from the time of Safavids, including Karnameh (1521) by Mohammad Ali Bavarchi, which include the cooking instruction in excess of 130 various meals and pastries, and Madat-ol-Hayat (1597) by Nurollah Ashpaz. Menu publications from the Qajar period are numerous, the most significant being Khorak-ha-ye Irani by prince Nader Mirza.

Master Richard II of England commissioned a menu book named Forme of Cury in 1390, and about the same time, yet another guide was printed named Curye on Inglish, “cury” meaning cooking. Equally books provide an impact of how food for the noble lessons was organized and offered in England at that time. The lavish taste of the aristocracy in the Early Contemporary Time produced with it the start of so what can be called the present day menu book. By the 15th century, numerous manuscripts were appearing detailing the recipes of the day. Several manuscripts give great data and record the re-discovery of several herbs and herbs including coriander, parsley, basil and rosemary, many that have been brought back from the Crusades.