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Lighter Subtleties

This is an excerpt from Le Viandier de Taillevent
(France, ca. 1380 - James Prescott, trans.)
The original source can be found at James Prescott's website

Lighter subtleties. Make terraces of brown bread, with a damsel sitting on the terrace, and with the terrace covered with green tin leaf strewn with herbs in a likeness of green grass. You need a lion who has his 2 forefeet and head in the damsel's lap. For him you can make a brass mouth and a thin brass tongue, with paper teeth glued to the mouth. Add some camphor and a little cotton, and when you would like to present it before the lords, touch the fire to it.

If you wish to make the likeness of a wolf, bear, striped donkey [zebra], serpent or some other beast, tame or wild, make counterparts to the lion, each one in its own manner.


Other versions of this recipe:

[The Swan Knight.] If you wish to make the Swan Knight in his right (Le Viandier de Taillevent)

To make a fence out of butter (Das Kuchbuch der Sabina Welserin)

A Lofty Entrement (Du fait de cuisine)

A tower (Le Viandier de Taillevent)

An Entrement (Du fait de cuisine)

To make the image of saint George and his virgin (Le Viandier de Taillevent)

To make the image of saint Marthe (Le Viandier de Taillevent)

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