“Cooking in the Archives:Updating Early Modern Recipes (1600-1800) in a Modern Kitchen” is a public food history project I’m working on with Alyssa Connell. Funding from a University of Pennsylvania GAPAS-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation has enabled us to launch this project in June 2014. Follow our culinary and archival exploits at our blog, Facebook and on Twitter and Instagram @Rare_Cooking
“Cooking in the Archives” sets out to find, cook, and discuss recipes from cookbooks produced between 1600 and 1800. This project is situated at the intersection between the practice of modern cooking and the history of early modern manuscript and printed recipe books. One of our main archives, Penn’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts holds over 100 recipe books from the early modern era. We believe these recipes belong in the modern kitchen as well as the historical archive. After all, what are recipes if not instructions for cooking?