Recipe book for the Royal Household of Richard the Second. The volume contains one hundred and ninety-four numbered recipes.
Headnote on f. 4: 'Copia domini Regis Ricardi secundi post conquestum Anglie. Thys fourme of Cury ys compyled of þe chef mayster cokes of kyng Richardus þe seconde after þe conquest of Englond by assent of maysters of physyk and of Phylosophye... '
Contents: Forme of Cury recipe book, ed. Constance B. Hieatt and Sharon Butler, Curye on Inglisch: English culinary manuscripts of the fourteenth century (including the "Forme of Cury"), Early English Text Society, Supplementary series, vol. 8 (1985). This manuscript was omitted by Hieatt and Butler, but is described in Hieatt, 'Further notes on the Forme of Cury et al.: additions and corrections', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 70, no. 1 (1988), pp. 45-52. Collated by Hieatt as MS M; she states: 'MS M is in some respects the best, as well as the earliest, copy of what we have labelled the beta-version of The Forme of Cury, a group otherwise consisting of British Library Additional MS 5016... and the Morgan Library's Bühler 36... MS M ought to have been the base.' Preceded on ff. 4-11v by a brief preface and numbered table of recipes. Nos 184-186 and part of no. 187 are missing after f. 85, and no. 194 is missing at the end, according to the manuscript's numbering in the table of contents (i.e. nos 194-196, 197 and 204, according to the Hieatt/Butler numbering system). No. 37, Blank dessorree, was missed at first and added by the main hand on a slip, f. 26. Folios 39 and 90 contain modern copies from the 'Brander Roll' (British Library Add. MS 5016) of recipe no. 194 and of a recipe which was added to the 'Brander Roll' in a blank space.
Hieatt also states that Ker is wrong in dating the manuscript to the second half of the 15th century, suggesting that his '152' is a typographical error for '142'.
Script: Anglicana formata. Written space: 92 x 50 mm. 14 long lines.
Decoration: Crude 2-line initial T in blue ink within a red penwork frame on f. 12r.
Description derived from N.R. Ker, Medieval manuscripts in British libraries, vol. III, Lampeter-Oxford (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), p. 401. By permission of Oxford University Press.