Robert de Nola

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Robert de Nola
Other namesMestre Robert
Known forWriting first Catalan cookbook

Robert de Nola, also known by pseudonym Mestre Robert,[1] was a Catalan chef who authored the first printed cookbook in Catalan language, Llibre del Coch (Catalan for Cook's Book). He served as cook to King of Naples Ferdinand I.[2]

Llibre del Coch[edit]

Nola published Llibre del Coch under his pseudonym Mestre Robert in Barcelona in 1520. It was the first published cookbook in Catalan language. It was also translated into Castilian Spanish and first such edition was published in Toledo in 1525. Some parts of the book are based on Llibre de Sent Soví, a famous medieval cuisine cookbook. It contains recipes and culinary traditions of the 14th century.[3]


  1. ^ Andrews, Colman (14 December 2012). Country Cooking of Italy. Chronicle Books. p. 190. ISBN 978-1-4521-2392-9. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  2. ^ Page, Jutta-Annette (2004). Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style, 1500-1750. Hudson Hills. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-87290-157-5. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  3. ^ Davidson, Alan (1 January 1981). National & Regional Styles of Cookery: Proceedings : Oxford Symposium 1981. Oxford Symposium. p. 177. ISBN 978-0-907325-07-9. Retrieved 16 March 2014.