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Recipes and Everyday KnowledgeMedicine, Science, and the Household in Early Modern England$
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Elaine Leong

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226583495

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226583525.001.0001

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Recipes Beyond the Household

Recipes Beyond the Household

(p.173) Conclusion Recipes Beyond the Household
Recipes and Everyday Knowledge

Elaine Leong

University of Chicago Press

This concluding chapter argues that recipes and recipe knowledge were framed by the complex concerns of everyday life. The household as a site for making recipe knowledge had far-reaching consequences. For many fathers and mothers, writing it was combined with a dose of family history. Concurrently, recipe books were records of social networks and, most crucially, accounts or ledgers of obligations and gratitude. Writing down recipe knowledge was thus potently influenced by these frameworks of social and family strategy. Recipe trials were also one of the main pathways through which householders gained a deeper understanding of sickness and health, of the human body, of natural and man-made processes, and of materials. Exploring recipes thus grants us a glimpse into the lives of early modern men and women and into the making of “everyday knowledge.”

Keywords:   everyday knowledge, household science, recipe knowledge, gender and science, manuscript and print cultures, early modern knowledge making, trying and testing

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