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Recipes and Everyday Knowledge: Medicine, Science, and the Household in Early Modern England

Elaine Leong


Early modern English men and women were fascinated by recipes. Across the country, people of all ranks enthusiastically collected, exchanged, and experimented with medical and cookery instructions. They sent recipes in letters, borrowed handwritten books of family recipes, and consulted popular printed medical and culinary books. Recipes and Everyday Knowledge is the first major study of knowledge production and transfer in early modern households. It places the production and circulation of recipes at the heart of “household science”—quotidian investigations of the natural world—and situates ... More

Keywords: history of science, household science, history of medicine, everyday knowledge, history of knowledge, gender and science, history of experimentation, recipes, social knowledge, manuscript and print cultures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226583495
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226583525.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elaine Leong, author
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science