Medieval Unicorn Cookbook

Before I proceed, let me marvel at the fact that I’m able to string together the words “medieval unicorn cookbook”…and actually refer to a real thing (supposedly dating back to the 1300’s).

A long-lost medieval cookbook, containing recipes for hedgehogs, blackbirds and even unicorns, has been discovered at the British Library.

Ah, the full roasting process. Click to enlarge a bit…

And the bucket of unicorn remains (always a disposal issue, you know?):

Read more at the source.

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13 Responses to “Medieval Unicorn Cookbook”

  1. Hahahaha! I can’t believe there’s bucket of unicorn remains! A wonderfully ridiculous flourish!

  2. This is one of the most amzing posts you’ve ever done! I can’t imagine how they ever lost track of such a book although, having worked in a rare books library, I guess it happens.

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Thank you! I think I would have hyperventilated with excitement if I actually came across this thing.

  3. Oh pshh, why would they throw out the horn? Everyone knows ground unicorn horns cure “cure fever, plague, epilepsy, rabies, gout, and a host of other ailments”.

    http://www.unicorns.co.za/unicorn-lore/unicorn-horn.html

    I’m so trying this on my next migraine.

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Wow…such impressive curative powers (thanks for the link!). I guess that scrap bucket was headed for the local apothecary.

  4. MayaWolf Says:

    And I imagine the King is the only one at table, because unicorn is so rare, only Kings would be eating it. “Unicorn, you say?”
    Royal cook sweats. “Yes Sire.”
    “Hmmph. Tastes like goat.”

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Hahaha…I wouldn’t doubt a horn or two being strapped to a goat, for mystical/culinary appeal.

      • Welll…since unicorns traditionally have cloven feet as opposed to horse hooves as well as having a goat type beard…it is very likely they may taste like goat anyway!

        Don’t look at me like that, I blame the research paper I did on dragons and unicorns back in the day… ;) I’m done.

      • MayaWolf Says:

        Oh sure….strap on a horn and suddenly the price of the meat is a small ransome.

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  5. You all DO realize that this book was posted about on April 1st, right?

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