Libellus De Arte Coquinaria

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Libellus De Arte Coquinaria (The Little Book of Culinary Arts) is a culinary manuscript containing thirty-five early Northern European recipes. The Collection is composed of four versions (or pieces) and consists of recipes in Danish, Icelandic, and Low German. Dating from the early thirteenth century, the libellus is considered to be among the oldest of culinary recipe collections. The cookbook exists in a three-part collection consisting of a book of herbs, one of stones, and Libellus De Arte Coquinaria. The two former were written by Henrik Harpestræng.


The libellus was first published as part of the Collection included in An Old Icelandic Medical Miscellany [Ms. Royal Irish Academy 23D 43] in 1931 by Henning Larsen.

A translated edition (An Early Northern Cookery Book) that combines the four surviving versions was published by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in 2001.



  1. ^ Squires, Ann. "Libellus de arte coquinaria: an Early Northern Cookery Book" (book review). Online: