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The Crown and the Chrism: The Recipe of the Coronation Oil

By Colleen Kennedy This post will turn to the television show The Crown to focus on the English coronation process, attending specifically to the most sacred aspect of the ceremony, the anointing of the monarch, and the ingredients of the holy anointing...
From: The Recipes Project on 16 Oct 2018

Tales from the Archives:

I am a homesick Canadian in the UK at this time of year. This coming weekend is Thanksgiving and I’ll be thinking about my family feasting on turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Our modified family tradition in the UK is to go out for a roast...
From: The Recipes Project on 4 Oct 2018

Tales from the Archives: Smelling ‘Violet’ in Renaissance Works

In 2017, The Recipes Project celebrated its fifth birthday. We now have nearly 650 posts in our archives and over 160 pages for readers to sift through. That’s a lot of material! (And thank you so much to our contributors for sharing such...
From: The Recipes Project on 26 Apr 2018

Tales from the Archives: Smelling ‘Violet’ in Renaissance Works

In September 2016, The Recipes Project celebrated its fourth birthday. We now have over 500 posts in our archives and over 120 pages for readers to sift through. That’s a lot of material! (And thank you so much to our contributors for sharing such...
From: The Recipes Project on 30 Mar 2017

A Ladies Home Journal in 18th-century Nottinghamshire, England

by Lisa M. Lillie Tucked away in the Papers of the Mellish Family of Hodstock, Nottinghamshire, in the University of Nottingham’s Rare Books and Manuscripts collections, Lady Mellish’s “Old Accts dinners & c. 1706” sits rather...
From: The Recipes Project on 21 Jul 2015

A Perfumed Recipe on the Early Modern Stage (Part 1)

By Colleen Kennedy This is the first part of a two-part reading of the pomander recipe depicted in Thomas Tomkis’ allegorical Jacobean comedy, Lingua: or, the Combat of the Tongue and the Five Senses for Superiority (1607)[1]. Below, I consider how...
From: The Recipes Project on 23 Dec 2014

Baking a Pumpion Pye (c. 1670)

Last year, I was invited to a Thanksgiving potluck and I thought this might be the ideal time to try out a 17th century pumpkin pie recipe. I read early modern perfume and aromatic recipes often for my own research, … Continue reading →
From: The Recipes Project on 28 Oct 2014

An early summer round-up…

By Elaine Leong Walking down the streets of Berlin, the signs of early summer are everywhere. The flower stalls are selling five different kinds of peonies, the asparagus season is beginning to wane and, my most favourite of all, little … Continue...
From: The Recipes Project on 3 Jun 2014

Robert Herrick’s penchant for (feminine) almonds

By Colleen Kennedy  THE BRIDE-CAKE. by Robert Herrick THIS day, my Julia, thou must make For Mistress Bride the wedding-cake : Knead but the dough, and it will be To paste of almonds turn’d by thee : Or kiss it … Continue reading →
From: The Recipes Project on 28 Nov 2013

Civet and Rose: (Early) Modern Perfume Ingredients Fit for a King

By Colleen Kennedy Civet was one of the most exotic luxury ingredients in early modern perfumes. This odoriferous secretion comes from the perineal glands of the civet cat of Asia and Africa to mark its territory. What did civet smell … Continue...
From: The Recipes Project on 24 Oct 2013

Smelling ‘Violet’ in Renaissance Works

By Colleen Kennedy The violet (Viola odorata) is cited in several herbals and many recipe books as a particularly sweet scented, fragrant flower. Herbals, such as Culpeper’s, describe the violet as a “cold and moist” plant, with many medicinal...
From: The Recipes Project on 1 Aug 2013

A Sweet Bath and Sweating: Renaissance Ladies and Bathing

by Colleen Kennedy Bathing in the Renaissance could be a fragrant and languorous event, especially for a lady with her own herbal garden (or the extra money to buy spices, flowers, and herbs) and some free time.  Even sweating could be aromatic, …...
From: The Recipes Project on 4 Jul 2013

Dipping Your Toes in the Water: Reconsidering Renaissance England’s Attitudes Toward Bathing

Recently, the feminist newsblog Jezebel posted a short article by Dodai Stewart entitled “Tudor Fashion: Pretty, But Best Not to Think About the Stench.”  The article highlighted a portraiture exhibit of 16th and 17th century nobles In Fine...
From: The Recipes Project on 1 Jul 2013

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

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The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

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