So, uh, why is it again that dudes have the cultural monopoly on offal? There’s the gross-out factor of “Ewwwww, tongues!”, obviously, but who says that women can’t eat animal guts, too? Besides, a centuries-old cookbook recently discovered in the stacks of a British library offers proof that women enjoyed cooking with offal cuts, enough to fill an entire cookbook with recipes.
Nicknamed the “Cookbook of Unknown Ladies”, the recipes date from 1690 to 1830 and was recently unearthed at the Westminster Council’s Archives Centre by librarian Judith Finnamore. Lest you fear it’s more like a pamphlet, there are a lot of ways to cook offal. Recipes include such awesome dishes like “Sheep’s Head Soup”, “Veal Kidney Florentine”, and “Mince Pyes” made with a mixture of candied fruits and cow’s tongue. Yummy! (No, really, that sounds great.)
“We thought the recipes were all compiled from one year, because one date was written on the binding, but we’ve been advised that they span 140 years, and we think it was the property of one family,” Finnamore told the Daily Mail. “It documents British culinary history — the richness of its content has only recently come to light.”
To the unknown ladies of the past, we salute you with our pig eyeballs.
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