Recipes and Their Influence On Us
June 29, 2009
Recipes and their contents have changed much from old days to the modern age. A recipe can be described as a group of lessons showing us the path to prepare culinary dishes.
Although it sounds quite simple, but the modern recipes include several components. The name is of a prime importance. Also the time consumption is mentioned. These recipes consist of all the necessary ingredients including their proportions. These recipes even include names of the tools and the environment for preparation. They consist of a methodical catalog for the steps of preparation. Even the servings these recipes will be providing.
In the early days the recipes comprised of a much lesser amount of information.
-The oldest known recipes, goes back to approximately the 1600 B.C., and originates from an “Accadian” tablet from the Southern part of Babylonia.
-The ancient “Egyptians”, used to paint hieroglyphics, symbolizing the food preparations.
-“Greek” cookbooks like those of the Mithaecus’ cookbook.
-“The Roman” recipes started in the “second century B.C. writers like “Cato the Elder’s”.
-“Arabic” recipes are known and documented to have started in the tenth century, such as the “al-Warraq”, and the “al-Baghdadi”.
In the 1500-1600s competitions soar in between large houses. At this same time competition grew in countries like Holland, England between noble families, for the preparation of the lavish and large banquets.
By 1800 cooking is already passion globally. At this time came in the use of the latest in technology, and a whole new publishing concept was introduced. “Mrs. Beeton” popularly known as “Isabella Mary Beeton” in the period of “1836-65”, published the famous “Book of Household Management”.
By the 1900s, there was a flood of cookery and recipe books. And the revolutionary standard of TV cooks was introduced.
Today the television has become a foremost source for recipe-information, with a flow of international chefs, like “Jamie Oliver”, and “Gordon Ramsey” getting the prime-time shows, with a backing up of their websites giving all details to their recipes.
However, miraculously though despite of the modern technology involved, cookery books with textual recipes are as popular as ever.