My thesis explores manuscript medical recipe books as material objects, as well as considering their content and structure, who compiled them and where the information came from. It outlines three forms of network through which both women and men circulated recipes, and offers reasons for the practice continuing given the availability of a range of practitioners, commercial alternatives and a proliferation of print sources.
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17 July 2015
We’re used to doctors extolling the benefits of exercise today, but that recognition is not a modern phenomenon. Among the six ‘non-naturals’ of humoural thinking...
14 July 2015
In the letters of Sir William Robinson (1655–1736), 1st Baronet of Newby , is the following set of riddles. I found it difficult to work out which person’s names they’re...
13 July 2015
Well, it was a long journey – five years, five months, to be exact – but I got there in the end. My thesis was submitted at the end of June: ‘The role of domestic...
23 March 2014
In case you haven’t seen it, here’s a link to my article in April’s History Today on gout and its resurgence: http://www.historytoday.com/sally-osborn/gout-gets-even