“The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened” is a historical cookbook written by Sir Kenelm Digby, an English courtier, diplomat, and natural philosopher. Originally published in the 17th century, in 1669, the book is considered one of the earliest English cookbooks, renowned for its significant influence on culinary literature during that time.
The book is a compendium of recipes, culinary instructions, and advice on cooking, food preparation, and kitchen techniques popular during the 17th century. It includes various recipes for drinks, meat, fish, and sweet dishes, reflecting the culinary preferences and practices of that era.
What sets “The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened” apart is not only its collection of recipes but also the fact that it was written by a nobleman. Sir Kenelm Digby was an influential figure in the royal court, and his book reflects the luxurious and sophisticated tastes of the upper class during the 17th century.
The book covers a wide range of culinary topics and recipes and provides insight into the dining and cooking habits of the aristocracy during that period. It’s also notable for its contribution to the early development of English culinary literature.