Medieval Recipes

Medieval flavours in Europe were different from those that we are used to today. The medieval cuisine had rich and strong flavours. It was spicy, sour and sweet. It is remarkable that European cookbooks that survived throughout history almost all came from the late Middle Ages, especially 14th and 15th century.

In the Arabian world, it was slightly different. A beautiful cookbook appears in the 10th century and many follow throughout the Middle Ages. In contrast to Europe, Arab recipes from more than 500 years ago are remarkably similar to current recipes in the Arab world.

Unfortunately, you will hardly find any quantities and methods of preparation in medieval cookbooks, so we have to experiment a lot to bring medieval flavours back to life. The recipes on this page, from Europe and the Arab world, have been worked out for you so that you can easily recreate them at home.

You can find more medieval recipes in my medieval cookbook and on my Dutch website. If you have difficulties to find medieval ingredients, check out this webshop.