The Guardian today reports that the John Rylands University Library of the University of Manchester is digitalizing the entire 14th century manuscript of the Forme of Cury. The book, perhaps the oldest extant cookbook in the English language was written in the 14th century by the chefs of King Richard II.
The entire book will be made freely available on the internet and this for all food historians and buffs of food history this is a major project indeed, as this was the first English language book to use ingredients such as olives, olive oil, cloves and cinnamon amongst others. More than that, the book gives tremendous insight into the cookery and manners of what many still like to think of as the "Dark Ages".
The Guardian article can be read at http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/sep/22/10
and quite a few of the pages of a somewhat later edition of the book can be found at http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/foc/
The current online version will be somewhat easier to read for many as it is in at least somewhat more modern English while the original is in Middle-English.