Learning to cook in early modern England

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Where do recipes fit into historical understanding of pedagogical processes around food? Various scholars (including myself) have speculated about the compilation of manuscript recipe collections as part of a domestically-located education for young girls and teens prior to marriage. Some seventeenth-century English printed recipe collections also speak explicitly of who they are intending to educate in the ‘art and mystery’ of cookery (and, in William Rabisha’s case, who not: those without any culinary aptitude, for one).

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Analysis of Pie Recipes in 13th and 14th Century English Culinary Manuscripts

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I’m working on a big fun research project right now and I’ve made a little progress that I thought I’d share. This table shows pie recipes and pie-like recipes in the MSs collected in Curye on Inglysch.

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Scottish ‘Fired Puddings’

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Among these forgotten delights is one which I rank as one of my all-time-favourite foods, so much-loved that I would prefer a single forkful of this humble dish any day to an all-expenses-paid night out with the full tasting menu at El Bulli or The Fat Duck. … This homely Scottish dish was designed not by some culinary high priest …, but by a forgotten Caledonian cook who was truly inspired by the angels. He or (more likely she) really understood that the best food is simply the simplest. … The earliest printed recipe appeared in 1773 in a little book called Cookery and Pastry by a Mrs Susannah Maciver, who ran a cookery school in the city of Edinburgh, though the dish is probably much older.

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