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How to Survive Cold Season, 1761

9 February 2018

Giovanni Battista Ferrari, Hesperides (1646)Fever: To prevent catching any infectious fever, do not breathe near the face of the sick person, neither swallow your spittle while in the...

How to Make Snowballs for Dessert, 1798

30 December 2017

Isaac Cruikshank, "Snow Balls" (1794), LWL"Snow Balls. Pare and take out the cores of five large baking apples, and fill the holes with orange or quince marmalade. Then make some good...

How to Prevent Drunkenness, 161

11 December 2017

"A Looking-Glass for Drunkards," 17th c. "Shew me a way how a man may drinke much wine and yet not be drunke. To drinke great store of wine, and not to be drunke, you must eate of...

How to Prepare a Humble Feast, 1638

17 November 2017

Mattia Giegher, Li tre trattati (1629) “Now for a more humble feast, or an ordinary proportion which any good man may keepe in his family for the entertainment of his true and...