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Title Reading and writing recipe books, 1550-1800 / edited by Michelle DiMeo and Sara Pennell.

Publication Info. Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 2013.

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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Note Papers from a conference, 6-8 Aug. 2008, University of Warwick.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-259) and index.
Contents Introduction / Sara Pennell and Michele DiMeo -- Authorship and medical networks : reading attributions in early modern recipe books / Michelle DiMeo -- 'A practical art' : an archaeological perspective on the use of recipe books / Annie Gray -- Genre conventions in English recipes, 1600-1800 / Francisco Alonso-Almeida -- Reading recipe books and culinary history : opening a new field / Gilly Lehmann -- The 'Quintessence of Wit' : poems and recipes in early modern women's writing / Jayne Elisabeth Archer -- The Foote sisters' Compleat Housewife : cookery texts as a source in the lived religion / Lauren F. Winner -- Cooking the books, or, the three faces of Hannah Woolley / Margaret J.M. Ezell -- Crossing the boundaries : domestic collections in early modern Wales / Alun Withey -- 'Lett her refrain from all hott spices' : medicinal recipes and advice in the treatment of the King's Evil in seventeenth-century south-west England / Anne Stobart -- Making living, lives and archives : tales of four eighteenth-century recipes books / Sara Pennell.
Summary This collection of essays provides an overview of new scholarship on recipe books, one of the most popular non-fiction printed texts in, and one of the most common forms of manuscript compilation to survive from, the pre-modern era (c.1550-1800). This is the first book to collect together the wide variety of scholarly approaches to pre-modern recipe books written in English, drawing on varying approaches to reveal their culinary, medical, scientific, linguistic, religious and material meanings. Ten scholars from the fields of culinary history, history of medicine and science, divinity, archaeology and material culture, and English literature and linguistics contribute to a vibrant mapping of the aspirations invested in and uses of recipes and recipe books. By exploring areas as various as the knowledge economies of medicine, Anglican feasting and fasting practices, the material culture of the kitchen and table, London publishing and concepts of authorship and the aesthetics of culinary styles, these eleven essays (including a critical introduction to recipe books and their historiography) position recipe texts in the wider culture of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They illuminate their importance to both their original compilers and users, and modern scholars and graduate students alike -- Provided by Publisher.
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Subject Food writing -- Congresses.
Food writers -- Congresses.
Cookbooks -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Essay.
Electronic books.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Added Author DiMeo, Michelle, editor.
Pennell, Sara, editor.
Other Form: Print version: Reading and writing recipe books, 1550-1800. Manchester, UK ; New York, NY : Manchester University Press, 2013 9780719087271 (OCoLC)857637418
ISBN 9781526129901 (electronic bk.)
1526129906 (electronic bk.)
0719087279 (hardback)