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**History of Recipes:**
– Earliest known written recipes date back to 1730 BC in Mesopotamia.
– Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs depict food preparation.
– Roman recipes from 2nd century BCE are known.
– Arabic recipes documented from the 10th century.
– Persian recipes date back to the 14th century.

**Development of Modern Recipes:**
– Printing press in 16th and 17th centuries led to household management and food preparation books.
– Victorian era saw the emergence of modern cookery writing.
– Eliza Acton’s ‘Modern Cookery for Private Families’ (1845) established modern recipe writing.
– Isabella Beeton’s ‘Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management’ (1857-1861) contained over 900 recipes.
– Fannie Farmer’s ‘The Boston Cooking School Cookbook’ (1896) had 1,849 recipes.

**Components of Modern Recipes:**
Recipe name, yield, ingredients, instructions, time required, equipment, cooking procedures, serving instructions, review, and nutritional value.
– Earlier recipes were simpler as reminders for experienced cooks.
Recipe variations are often listed for traditional dishes.
– Nutritional value is included for dietary purposes.

**Sub-recipes and Ingredients:**
– Sub-recipes are recipes for ingredients used in main recipes.
– They often include spice blends, sauces, preserves, etc.
– Sub-recipes might require holding ingredients for extended periods.
– Cookbooks with sub-recipes are not always aimed at casual cooks.
– Reviewers have found alternate uses for leftover sub-recipes.

**Modern Cooking Platforms and Personalities:**
– TV cooks like Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay have popularized recipes.
– The internet has made recipes more accessible globally.
– TV networks like Food Network feature renowned chefs.
– Reality TV cooking shows like Top Chef and Iron Chef have gained popularity.
– Various websites offer free recipes and cookery books.

Recipe (Wikipedia)

A recipe is a set of instructions that describes how to prepare or make something, especially a dish of prepared food. A sub-recipe or subrecipe is a recipe for an ingredient that will be called for in the instructions for the main recipe.

A recipe in a cookbook for pancakes with the prepared ingredients
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