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turtledove Is Noble (quality) Food Because It Sharpens The Senses And The Memory


This is an excerpt from Das Kochbuch des Meisters Eberhard
(Germany, 15th century - V. Bach, trans.)
The original source can be found at Mark S. Harris' Florilegium

Turtledove is noble (quality) food because it sharpens the senses and the memory, say Averroes and Rhazes. Other doves cause inflamed blood and fever. Rhazes says that young doves strengthen natural heat, but old doves are good for people who have bad diseases or have been struck by paralysis [palsy?]. They should be filled with bacon, juniper and sage and roasted.

Durteltaub ist ein edle speiß, wann, also spricht Averrois vnd Raßis, sie machen gut synne vnd gut gedechtnuß. Aber annder taubenn machenn enczundt plut vnd den ritenn. Jung taubenn, spricht Rasis, die stercken naturlich hicz. Aber alt tawben sein nücz den menschenn, die den bösen sichtagenn haben oder die das parliß geschlagenn hat. Man soll sie mit speck, mit wachalternn vnd salbej fullen vnd pratenn.

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