Gumpowder? A strange little recipe for sensitive teeth…

If you go to your bathroom and check the ingredients in your well-known brand of sensitive toothpaste, you may well find that the recipe contains the active ingredient potassium nitrate. Also known as saltpetre or nitre, this naturally occurring mineral is found in foods as a preservative (e.g. corned beef), and used in fertilizer, cigarettes, … Continue reading Gumpowder? A strange little recipe for sensitive teeth…

Gathering Ingredients For Early Modern Recipes/Herbal Remedies

By Jennifer Munroe An entry from Mary Doggett’s receipt book from 1682 in The British Library for a “Water called Rosa Solis” includes a curious set of instructions, curious not so much for the way it explains how to make said water, but rather for the lengthy details about how to gather its ingredients: “How … Continue reading Gathering Ingredients For Early Modern Recipes/Herbal Remedies

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We are an international group of scholars interested in the history of recipes, ranging from magical charms to veterinary remedies. Old recipes can tell us a lot about the past, such as how medicines were prepared, when certain foods became popular, or why ingredients might be magical. Join us as we explore the weird and … Continue reading About

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    Founders and Editors: Elaine Leong Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Boltzmannstraße 22 14195 Berlin, Germany Phone: (+49 30) 22667-0 Elaine Leong’s research is centered upon medical and scientific knowledge transfer and production with a focus on issues of gender. Her interdisciplinary projects use theories and methods in the history of the … Continue reading Credits