Early examples
Apicius, P re culinaria, an earlier assortment of recipes.

The first known prepared recipes date to 1730 BC and were recorded on cuneiform tablets found in Mesopotamia.

Other early written recipes day from approximately 1600 BC and result from an Akkadian tablet from southern Babylonia. Additionally there are operates in historical Egyptian hieroglyphs depicting the planning of food.

Many old Greek recipes are known. Mithaecus’s cook book was an early on one, but nearly all of it has been lost; Athenaeus quotes one short recipe in his Deipnosophistae. Athenaeus mentions a great many other cookbooks, all of them lost.

Roman recipes are known beginning in the 2nd century BCE with Cato the Elder’s De Agri Cultura. Several authors with this period explained western Mediterranean preparing in Greek and in Latin. Some Punic recipes are known in Greek and Latin translation.

The big collection of recipes P re coquinaria, conventionally named Apicius, appeared in the 4th or fifth century and is the only complete remaining cook book from the established world. It provides the classes 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 noted starting in the 10th century; see al-Warraq and al-Baghdadi.

The earliest formula in Persian days from the 14th century. A few recipes have survived from the full time of Safavids, including Karnameh (1521) by Mohammad Ali Bavarchi, including the cooking instruction in excess of 130 different recipes and pastries, and Madat-ol-Hayat (1597) by Nurollah Ashpaz. Recipe publications from the Qajar era are numerous, the most significant being Khorak-ha-ye Irani by king Nader Mirza.

King Richard II of Britain commissioned a recipe guide named Forme of Cury in 1390, and about the same time, still another book was published called Curye on Inglish, “cury” meaning cooking. Equally publications provide the feeling of how food for the respectable classes was organized and served in Britain at that time. The lavish taste of the aristocracy in the Early Modern Period brought with it the begin of so what can be called the modern recipe book. By the 15th century, numerous manuscripts were showing explaining the recipes of the day. A number of these manuscripts provide very good data and record the re-discovery of numerous herbs and herbs including coriander, parsley, basil and peppermint, several which had been cut back from the Crusades.