Around the Table: The Making and Knowing Project

All of this underscores a key point about recipes as texts: they are texts of action, and to fully read them, we have to get our hands dirty, however imperfect our modern ingredients and bodies may be for the job. The knowledge encoded in recipes is practical and, to use Pamela Smith’s term, emergent: it unfolds not in the reading, but in the doing. At best, reconstruction allows us glimpses into past worlds of materials and expertise […] All of this underscores a key point about recipes as texts: they are texts of action, and to fully read them, we have to get our hands dirty, however imperfect our modern ingredients and bodies may be for the job. The knowledge encoded in recipes is practical and, to use Pamela Smith’s term, emergent: it unfolds not in the reading, but in the doing. At best, reconstruction allows us glimpses into past worlds of materials and expertise […]

UC San Diego Digitalizza i materiali nella sua Collezione culinaria dell’American Institute of Wine and Food

Cuochi, panettieri e storici della cucina di tutto il mondo hanno ora accesso immediato online a quasi 100 volumi della collezione culinaria dell’American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) della UC San Diego Library. Guidato da Collezioni Speciali e Archivi (SC&A), questo progetto di digitalizzazione ha permesso alla Biblioteca di condividere […]

The History of Ladies’ Auxiliary Cookbooks and How They Helped Raise Funds for Charities in the South

Long before you could pull up an ingredient list on your phone in the grocery store or email a link to a must-make recipe to your sister across the country, women shared favorites through paperback community cookbooks . These cookbooks were more than just a compilation of typed recipes; […]

The Not So Holly Jolly History of Gingerbread

Secondo lo storico della gastronomia Tori Avey, le prime ricette di pan di zenzero risalgono al 2400 a.C. I biscotti induriti a cui pensiamo oggi, tuttavia, non sono nati in Europa fino al Medioevo, quando i biscotti di pan di zenzero sono diventati un alimento base delle fiere locali. I biscotti di pan di zenzero tendevano a cambiare forma a seconda della stagione; gli uccelli erano comuni in autunno, per esempio, così come i fiori in primavera. Ma i biscotti avevano spesso anche la forma di animali o royalty, e non era raro che la nobiltà, oltre alla glassa, vestisse i biscotti con foglie d’oro. […]