A private alchemy: Cooking as Leonardo did

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Only in 1981 the precious Codex Romanoff was discovered. This was where Leonardo used to take note of these recipes and thoughts on cookery and etiquette. The codex also shows diverse projects for machines, designed by Leonardo himself, as aids in kitchen work. These are absolutely amazing gadgets. From the spaghetti stretcher to the pepper grinder inspired by the Sforza tower, this manuscript is an amazing source, not only for the cooking tradition of the Italian 16th century, but also a mirror which reflects another facet of his genius!

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Handwritten Recipes: A collection of forgotten recipes found in old books

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You can probably imagine what it’s about, given the title, but there’s a twist: the blog, written by a bookseller, is all about the handwritten recipes he finds stuck between the pages of old books.

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UI Libraries launches new crowdsourcing site with culinary manuscript and cookbooks

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Calves head hash, dandelion wine, election cake, and West Indies-dressed turtle are just a few of the recipes from the University of Iowa Libraries’ new Szathmary Culinary Manuscripts and Cookbooks digital collection: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cookbooks. Containing thousands of pages and spanning the 1600s through the 1960s, the handwritten cookbooks document culinary history in America and Europe, and how tastes have changed over the years. The do-it-yourself spirit of the housewives, cooks, winemakers, and Girl Scouts who wrote out and compiled the recipes makes the Szathmary collection an appropriate choice to help launch DIY History – http://diyhistory.lib.uiowa.edu – the Libraries’ new initiative that lets users contribute to the historical record by transcribing and tagging primary source documents online. http://diyhistory.lib.uiowa.edu 

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