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

The initial known published recipes day to 1730 BC and were noted on cuneiform capsules found in Mesopotamia.

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

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

Roman recipes are known beginning in the second century BCE with Cato the Elder’s De Agri Cultura. Many writers of this period identified western Mediterranean cooking in Greek and in Latin. Some Punic recipes are identified in Greek and Latin translation.

The big collection of recipes De re coquinaria, conventionally called Apicius, seemed in the 4th or 5th century and is the only complete surviving cookbook from the conventional world. It provides the classes served in meals as Gustatio (appetizer), Primae Mensae (main course) and Secundae Mensae (dessert). Each recipe starts with the Latin order “Take…,” “Recipe….”

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

The initial recipe in Persian dates from the 14th century. Several recipes have lasted from the full time of Safavids, including Karnameh (1521) by Mohammad Ali Bavarchi, which includes the preparing instruction of more than 130 various dishes and pastries, and Madat-ol-Hayat (1597) by Nurollah Ashpaz. Menu publications from the Qajar time are numerous, the absolute most notable being Khorak-ha-ye Irani by prince Nader Mirza.

King Richard II of Britain commissioned a menu guide called Forme of Cury in 1390, and about the same time, yet another guide was published titled Curye on Inglish, “cury” indicating cooking. Equally publications give an impact of how food for the respectable lessons was organized and served in England at that time. The lavish style of the aristocracy in the Early Contemporary Period brought with it the begin of exactly what do be called the current recipe book. By the 15th century, numerous manuscripts were showing outlining the recipes of the day. A number of these manuscripts provide excellent data and record the re-discovery of numerous herbs and spices including coriander, parsley, basil and peppermint, many that had been cut back from the Crusades.