Monday, November 13, 2006

Devon claims 200-year lead on the Cornish pasty

The Guardian

By Matthew Taylor

For years it has been one of Cornwall's most famous and lucrative exports. But a dispute about the origins of the pasty has sparked a culinary feud, with historians from neighbouring Devon claiming the discovery of a 16th-century recipe proves it first appeared in their county.
Todd Gray, chairman of the Friends of Devon's Archives, who found the recipe between the pages of a 16th-century audit book, said: "It has been a great joy for me, as a local historian, to have discovered that pasties may have originated in Devon and spread to Cornwall later.


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