Taketh One Unicorn

IMAGE: “Detail of a unicorn on┬áthe grill,” courtesy the British Library.

Yesterday, in a charming April Fool, the British Library’s Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts bloggers breathlessly reported the discovery of a long-lost medieval cookbook, complete with an illustrated recipe for grilled unicorn. Naturally, the post is larded with clues: the book is compiled by “Geoffrey Fule” and the “spine-tingling” unicorn recipe comes after one for “codswallop,” a fish stew “popular in the Middle Ages.”

IMAGE: “A lady bringing the unicorn’s head to the table,” courtesy the British Library.

Perhaps the most obvious giveaway is the fact that the last thing one would be advised to do upon capturing a mythical beast is marinade it in garlic and cloves, and then spit-roast it.

IMAGE: “The remains of the unicorn,” courtesy the British Library.

Nonetheless, for its exquisite illustrations alone, Manuscript #142012 deserves a place in the spaghetti harvest pantheon. Well done!

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