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Cooking in the Archives: Updating Early Modern Recipes (1600-1800) in a Modern Kitchen

February 9, 2015
Cooking in the Archives: Updating Early Modern Recipes (1600-1800) in a Modern Kitchen.

Cooking in the Archives: Updating Early Modern Recipes (1600-1800) in a Modern Kitchen.

Back in September, we pointed readers to a couple of sites that focus on early modern recipes: The Early Modern recipes Online Collective (EMROC)  and The Recipes Project, Recently, I came across a digital humanities project focused on cuisine of the 17th and 18th centuries with a hands-on twist. In June 2014, Historians Alyssa Connell and Marissa Nicosia launched Cooking in the Archives: Updating Early Modern Recipes (1600-1800) in a Modern Kitchen, a blog where they not only transcribe recipes from manuscript cookbooks held in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, but also adapt and prepare them.  A few recipes from the Fall include Maccarons of Valentia Almonds, Desart Cakes (made with caraway seeds), Tarte of Green Pease, Italian Cheese (a dish made with cream lemons, and sugar), and (for the truly adventurous) Fish Custard. Enjoy!

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