Monday, December 28, 2020

Cookbooks and Manuscripts virtual talks tapes

There are several upcoming talks (and past taped ones) on cookbooks and manuscripts: politics & cookbooks, Betty Crocker and Julia Child. This summer's celebration of 100 years since women earned the right to vote, resulted in three talks which were taped on suffrage cookbooks. Manuscripts are a rich source of culinary and medicinal recipes, several which sound interesting, plus taped past talks.


Feb 18 Thur 12:30-2 Creating Cookbooks: Networks of Recipe Readers and Writers in England, 1300–1700. Dr. Sarah Peters Kernan. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) UK HERE TAPE may be HERE

Feb 24 Wed 2-3 Stories from the Barts Archives. Covering 900 yr. of St Bartholomew's Hospital. Archivist Kate Jarman. Friends of Barts Heritage. HERE

Mar 2 Tue 12:30 Circulating Libraries and Private Networks: Locating Sources for Mary Hays’s Female Biography, 1795-1803. Timothy Whelan. IHR UK HERE TAPE may be HERE

Mar 4 Thur 10-12 Revealing Recipes: Top Tips from Early Modern Women – Workshop. Household medicinal recipes, power of remedy books, Wellcome recipe collection, transcribing, digitizing, conserving. Early Modern Recipes Online Collective, Royal College of Physicians and the Wellcome Collection. HERE

Mar 4 Thur 1-2:30 Nineteenth-Century Archives and Handwriting in the Digital Age roundtable. Dr Leon Litvack, Angelique Richardson, Beth Mills, Dr Christopher Ohge, Adrian S. Wisnicki. HERE

Mar 4 Thur 3 What's Cooking? “important cookery books and food- and drink-related ephemera offered California Virtual Book Fair. Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of AmericaHERE

Mar 5 Fri 10-11:30 Interactive Book Symposium. Interacting with Early Modern Recipe Books. Renaissance Shortcuts books with moving parts [great]; Marissa Nicosia (Cooking in the Archives); Children’s Interactive Books in the 18th and 19th Cen; Selfing in the Postcard Album. NYU Libraries HERE TAPE HERE

Mar 15 Mon 9:15-10:45 PM Mexico's Early Cookbooks. “Mexican cuisine is recorded in the diaries of early Spaniards, colonial kitchen manuscripts and cookbooks published after Independence in 1821 through the 1910-1920 Revolution.” Maite Gomez-Rejon. Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library HERE

Mar 17 Wed 4 Opening the Interactive Book. exhibit includes recipe books, paper wheels that tell calendrical time… Dr. Julie Park. NYU Libraries HERE /

Mar 23 & 30 Tue 5:15-7:15 AM Pages through the Ages – exploring history and heritage through the lens of antiquarian and vintage cookbooks. “reimagining cookbooks as an accessible cultural artefact…innovative way to gain knowledge and understanding of how cookbooks published.” Sadie Hirst. Heritage Lincolnshire UK £30 each HERE

Mar 24 Wed 10-11:30PM Cookbooks, Menus, and American Culture. “American cookbooks and restaurant menus across the history of the nation and how Americans have defined both regional and national cuisines. “ Maryellen Burns. Renaissance Society Sacramento, Renaissance Cafe HERE

Mar 19 Fri 10-12 Indian Community Cookbooks: Archiving Food Histories: Khushi Gupta, Muskaan Pal, Ananya Pujary. CoReMA (Middle Ages) Semantic Annotation of Cooking Recipes as Intangible Heritage: Julia Eibinger, Christian Steiner and Helmut W. Klug. Edwardian Postcards, Julia Gillen. Digital Heritage Workshops UK HERE

Indian Community Cookbook Archives. Printed, manuscript and audio/video. India. Timelines. Spacial mapping. HERE

CoReMA Cooking Recipes of the Middle Ages. German, French, Latin recipes scanned, annotated and analysed. HERE

Mar 29 Mon 12-1:30 Crazy Collections: Healing, Ordering, and Representing the Body in Medieval. By recipes for cures and medieval tendencies to collect, accumulate, compile, and order recipes. Hannah Bower. Lisa Gold HERE

Ap 12 Mon 11:30-12:30 Interpreting Food Before ‘Farm to Table’. The four year project Before “Farm to Table”: Early Modern Foodways and Culture. Dr. Amanda Herbert (Folger Library). Digital Materialities Webinar series #6. Material Culture @LarcaParis HERE

Jul 1 Thu 1 Historic Recipe Road Shows: Sharing Family Recipes. Kevin Davis, Bruce Kraig, and Deb Lorentsen. Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois. Ellwood House Museum HERE TAPE may be HERE

I’ve done several blog posts such as Medical and culinary manuscripts digitized at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and the Manuscript Cookbooks Survey project HERE, Medieval manuscripts digitalized HERE, Ben Franklin’s handwritten recipes in French HERE, and Transcribing digitalized manuscripts from home. HERE

Manuscript Cookbooks SurveyHERE

Folger Shakespeare Library recipe book transcriptions HERE and a list of recipe books HERE

New York Academy of Medicine Library digital manuscript cookbooks collection HERE

Medieval Life: European Manuscripts in Philadelphia Collections exhibit at Free Library of Philadelphia is online HERE

Wellcome Library 16th-19th cen medicinal and culinary recipes manuscripts HERE


Cookbooks, Democracy, and Nations. by author Kennan Ferguson. CHEW Culinary Historians of Wisconsin Jan 6 HERE TAPE HERE

Julia Child and Company: Culinary Delights at the Schlesinger Library. Marylène Altieri. Nov 13 TAPE HERE

Betty Crocker & Her Cookbook that Changed How America Cooks. Dr. Leslie Goddard. New City Library, NY Dec 7 HERE TAPE HERE

Women in the Kitchen, Twelve Essential Cookbook Writers Who Defined the Way We Eat, from 1661 to Today. Anne Willan. Culinary Historians of Chicago. Nov 28 HERE TAPE HERE

Mexico’s first female cookbook author Torres de Rubio "was not only Mexico’s first female cookbook author but also the first to publish a regional cookbook in her 1896 trailblazing work, Cocina michoacana.” Maite Gomez-Rejon. La Plaza de Cultura y Artes LA Mar 2021 HERE Facebook TAPE HERE Cocina Michoacana ckbk online HERE

The Kitchen Philosopher: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. A 17th cen nun who wrote Mexico’s earliest kitchen manuscript. Maite Gómez-Rejón. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes TAPE HERE

Cookbooks, Cuisine and Cultura. “culture, food and history as we explore the UTSA Libraries’ Mexican Cookbook Collection, the nation’s largest.” July 2020 UTSA U Texas San Antonio TAPE HERE

Philadelphia at the Table: Sleuthing the Paper Trails of Culinary History in Library Company Collections and Regional Archives with Dr. William Woys Weaver. The Library Company of Phila. Nov 23 TAPE HERE

Forbidden Knowledge: Medicine, Science, and Censorship in Early Modern Italy. By author Hannah Marcus. 16th -17th cen. The Grolier Club Dec 3 HEREPast TAPES HERE 1 1/2 hr;

Forbidden Knowledge: Medicine, Science, and Censorship in Early Modern Italy. Author Hannah Marcus. Rare Book School. Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. NV 18 HERE TAPE HERE

Culinary Tales for Your Ails. Chrissie Perella. Historical Medical Library’s collection of recipe books. The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Oct 6 HERE / TAPE HERE

1000 Cookbooks Yiddish Gems from a Personal Collection. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. Yiddish New York 2020 Dec TAPE HERE


Manuscript Cookbooks and their Audience...books written for an audience, many of their puzzling features are illuminated. ... messages relayed by inscriptions; the use of printed-book features such as pagination and indexes;...and the rationales for borrowing recipes from print. Steve Schmidt. New York Academy of Medicine Library. Jan 30 HERE TAPE HERE

Jewish Food: Claudia Roden and Simon Schama. Hebrew Manuscripts exhibition in British Library. £5.00 Sept 21 HERE TAPE HERE /

An 18th Century Cooking Challenge: Exploring Hannah Bloomfield’s Cookbook. Her handwritten recipe manuscript. Carrie Blough. DAR Museum. 2019 TAPE HERE


Oct 2-12 12 talks Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. HERE

Cooking By the Book: A Conversation with Chefs and Authors. Opening of Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Newberry and Folger libraries Oct 2 TAPE HERE

Cookbooks and Recipe Books Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. Oct 2 TAPE HERE

Documenting Food History in Archival Sources Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. Oct 3 TAPE HERE

European Views on Indigenous American Foods Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries Oct 5 TAPE HERE

Race and Food in the Early Modern Book Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. Oct 5 TAPE HERE

Spiritual Eating: Food in Early Modern Conversion Narratives Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. Oct 9 TAPE HERE

Literary Ecologies: Textual and Poetic Representations of Food Systems Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries Oct 10 TAPE HERE

Digitizing Food in the Book Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. Oct 10 TAPE HERE


A Recipe for Subversion: How Suffragists Used Cookbooks to Fight for the Vote. HFSDV and Alice Paul Institute. Dan Macey and Lucy Beard. Aug 8 TAPE HERE

All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food, and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote with Laura Kumin. President Woodrow Wilson House Oct 2 TAPE HERE

Baking for Suffrage: How “Good Cooking and Sure Voting Went Hand in Hand.” NY State Museum. Facebook live tape 20 min. Aug 5 HERE TAPE HERE

Image: Glasse, Hannah. Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy 1747

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