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Lost Recipe for Roasted Unicorn Recovered

Back in medieval times, they tried to cook every type of animal and animal part possible. Cooks were constantly looking for ways to impress people sitting at their lord or lady’s table. No creature was exempt, not even unicorns. Yes, they’re real and and coming to a dinner near you.

Amazingly enough, the British Library found a period cookbook illustrating the method to roast a unicorn. Cloves and garlic are used in the marinade, and the carcass should be spit-roasted. The cookbook provides helpful illustrations on prepping the unicorn, too. Of course this find was made on April Fools’ Day, but maybe… just maybe.

“Taketh one unicorne”. The recipe calls for the beast to be marinaded in cloves and garlic, and then roasted on a griddle. The cookbook’s compiler, doubtless Geoffrey Fule himself, added pictures in its margins, depicting the unicorn being prepared and then served. Sarah J Biggs, a British Library expert on medieval decoration, commented that “the images are extraordinary, almost exactly as we’d expect them to be, if not better”

(Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Blog via Edible Geography and io9)


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