[WATCH] The Oldest Cookbook of the West is in New York City

In this video from our friends at Atlas Obscura, watch as Youtuber Emmymadeinjapan explores the New York Acadamy of Medicine's ancient "Apicius" cookbook and recreates a recipe found within. Check it out!

If you’re in the mood for some cookbook history or craving some medieval recipes, we suggest browsing the oldest cookbook in the West. The medieval cookbook Apicius was written in the year 830 in Germany, and contains recipes dating back to the 4th century. Today, it’s located in the New York Academy of Medicine. Our friend Emmymadeinjapan made a trip to browse through the cookbook, and we challenged her to pick a recipe to recreate in her own kitchen. It presented, as you might imagine, quite a few obstacles!

See what Emmy ended up making in the followup video on her channel.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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