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

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

Other early written recipes date from around 1600 BC and come from an Akkadian tablet from southern Babylonia. Additionally there are works in historical Egyptian hieroglyphs depicting the preparation of food.

Several ancient Greek recipes are known. Mithaecus’s cook book was an early one, but most of it’s been lost; Athenaeus estimates one small menu in his Deipnosophistae. Athenaeus says a great many other cookbooks, them all lost.

Roman recipes are identified starting in the next century BCE with Cato the Elder’s P Agri Cultura. Many experts 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, seemed in the 4th or 5th century and is the only real total surviving cook book from the traditional world. It provides the courses served in meals as Gustatio (appetizer), Primae Mensae (main course) and Secundae Mensae (dessert). Each formula 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 times 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 greater than 130 various recipes and pastries, and Madat-ol-Hayat (1597) by Nurollah Ashpaz. Recipe books from the Qajar age are numerous, the absolute most significant being Khorak-ha-ye Irani by king Nader Mirza.

Master Richard II of Britain commissioned a menu book named Forme of Cury in 1390, and about the same time, still another guide was published called Curye on Inglish, “cury” meaning cooking. Equally books provide the feeling of how food for the respectable classes was organized and served in England at that time. The luxurious taste of the aristocracy in the Early Contemporary Time brought with it the begin of what can be called the present day menu book. By the 15th century, numerous manuscripts were showing outlining the recipes of the day. A number of these manuscripts give excellent data and report the re-discovery of numerous herbs and herbs including coriander, parsley, basil and rosemary, many that have been cut back from the Crusades.