The Medieval Recipe for Unicorn

Detail of a lady bringing the unicorn's head to the table in Geoffrey Fule's cookbook, England, mid-14th century (London, British Library, MS Additional 142012, f 137r)

Darlings, if pumpkin coffee cake and dinner rolls  aren’t filling the bill for a properly horrific Thanksgiving, how about a medieval recipe for roasted unicorn?  Dating to the mid-14th century, this long-lost illuminated cookbook paired the elusive unicorn with cloves and garlic before applying the griddle.

Click over to Pretty Awful Things for more unicorn recipe details and illuminations from the manuscript, or check out this modern recreation of the not-for-the-faint of heart fantastical medieval recipe for a cockentrice. For all things medieval and Renaissance cooking, visit the exhaustive recipe archives at Gode Cookery.

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