Ancient Indian cookbooks draw exquisitely from Ayurvedic scriptures and apply it to everyday cooking. This is very important from the view point of preservation of both health and culture.

There are four such available books

  1. Manollasa 1130 AD
  2. Paka Darpana 1200 AD
  3. Soopa Shastra 1508 AD
  4. Bhojana Kuthuhala 1675 AD

Are there more such ancient cookbooks available?

If present please give the link to Online pdf verdions of English translations of the above books.

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    It will be much better and you will have more chances to get an answer if you post the question on Literature Stack Exchange. - literature.stackexchange.com There is also a tag named historical context there under which you can post. Commented May 20, 2021 at 13:15
  • @SwiftPushkar thanks for the suggestion. I have asked there literature.stackexchange.com/q/18698/12977
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Majority of the cookbooks (and other cookbooks) are available here.

Paka darshana of Nala is available. Some excerpts are available here.

Bhojana Kuthuhala is available. The online edition is here.

Soopa Shastra is available. See the online edition.

Mānasollāsa is extensively discussed in this book, Indian Food: A Historical Companion. This book is available in library genesis and the online edition is available here.

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    I'm so sorry, I must have been more clear, my fault, I was actually asking for online ebook links like from Archive org etc.
    – user22253
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 17:41
  • OP is asking for ebooks that are available for free online reading. Maybe you can edit your answer accordingly
    – user1995
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 3:55
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    @user1993 He changed the question after I answered. Initially the question was only about the books. I don't think it is right for you to downvote my answer without understanding this fact.
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 5:04
  • @MrGreenGold Thanks for the clarification. I have now provided the online editions of the books.
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 5:14
  • @GIRIBLR oh, good to know. I changed my vote. Thanks for the updated links
    – user1995
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 16:14

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