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Trattato Della Natura De' Cibi E Del Bere

By Baldassar Pisanelli

This sixteenth century work is among the earliest of the cookery and gastronomy books in the Seagram Library.

Baldassar Pisanelli practised medicine in Bologna and became famous as result of the publication of this book. In it he describes the natural history, the usages, the qualities of fruits, liqueurs, meats, game, fish, milk, cheese, etc., and under what conditions the food and drinks should be used.

On each page two foods are described, with sub-headings in italics in the margin, and the natural history of these on the opposite page. Shown here are descriptions of lvpoli and carrots.

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Trattato Della Natura De' Cibi E Del Bere

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