Saturday, August 6, 2022

Merryell Williams' Book of Recipes (Peniarth MS 513D) - Bibliography

Merryell Williams' Book of Recipes
Peniarth MS 513D

This is a volume of cooking and medicinal recipes which were collected by Merryell Williams of the Ystumcolwyn Estate, Montgomeryshire, towards the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century. The manuscript is in English. Within its covers we are given a glimpse of the types of meals created in the kitchens of mid Wales' nobility during this period.

Images of the original manuscript are freely available on the National Library of Wales website.

I have done my best to provide an accurate, but readable transcription. Common abbreviations have been expanded, letters like thorn and yogh have been replaced with their modern equivalents, and some minor punctuation has been added.

Copyright © 2022 by Daniel Myers,

[note that this page is still being updated]


Ancient Cookery [Arundel 334], England, 1425
        as reproduced in  R. Warner's "Antiquitates culinariae" (1791)

The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, F. Farmer, Boston, 1924

Liber cure cocorum [Sloane MS 1986], England, 1430

A NEVV BOOKE of Cookerie, J. Murrell, England, 1615

A Noble Boke off Cookry [Holkham MSS 674], England, 1468

Thomas Awkbarow's Recipes [MS Harley 5401], England, 15th c.
        (based on a concordance)

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