V0013159 Surrey Institution, Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London: the Credit: Wellcome Library, London.
V0013159 Surrey Institution, Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London: the
Credit: Wellcome Library, London.



Founders and Editors:

Photo on 10.08.15 at 15.40Elaine 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 book and the history of reading to elucidate practical knowledge and quotidian activities within the domestic sphere. She leads the ‘Reading and Writing Nature in Early Modern Europe’ research group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. Her first book Recipes and Everyday Knowledge: Medicine, Science and the Household in Early Modern England will be published by the University of Chicago Press in October 2018.  Meanwhile, Elaine is hard at work at her second book project Reading Rivière in Early Modern England. 

Lisa%20SmithLisa Smith
Department of History
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, U.K.
Phone: (+44 0) 1206 874120

A historian of gender and medicine in eighteenth-century France and England, Lisa Smith (Lecturer in Digital History, University of Essex) has published widely on leaky bodies, pain, fertility, and the household. She is finishing a book on “Domestic Medicine: Gender, Health and the Household in Eighteenth Century England and France”. In addition to developing an online database of the Sir Hans Sloane Correspondence, she is a co-investigator on a crowd-sourcing recipes transcription project. She blogs at The Sloane Letters Blog and Wonders & Marvels and tweets as @historybeagle.


Herbert, Author Photo (2012)
Amanda E. Herbert, Folger Institute
Amanda Herbert is Associate Director at the Folger Institute of the Folger Shakespeare Library, where she leads the Fellowships Program.  She holds the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from the Johns Hopkins University, and completed her B.A. with Distinction in History and Germanics at the University of Washington.  Her first book, Female Alliances: Gender, Identity, and Friendship in Early Modern Britain, was published by Yale University Press in 2014.  She is currently at work on her second book project, on spas in early modern Britain.  She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.  You can follow her on Twitter @amandaeherbert.

Laurence_TotelinLaurence Totelin, University of Cardiff

Laurence Totelin is a historian of Greek and Roman Science, Technology and Medicine. She focuses on the history of pharmacology and botany. Her work is influenced by gender theory, and she has a particular interest in gynaecological treatments, aphrodisiacs, and the properties of milk (especially breast-milk).

She has published both on the history of ancient pharmacology (in particular on gynaecological pharmacology) and the history of botany. Currently she is interested in the ancient history of milk, with a focus on its symbolism in ancient cultures. She is an experienced blogger, writing posts for the Recipes Project, her own blog Concocting History, and guest posts on other blogs.

Jess Clark, Brock University

Jess Clark is a historian of women, gender, and sexuality in the modern Britain world. She has published on the history of beauty in nineteenth-century Britain, charting the role of British beauty experts in shaping popular ideas about appearance, race, and identity. She’s currently completing a book about a small group of London-based beauty entrepreneurs and their relationship to the Victorian metropolis. She’s also launched a second project on the history of smell in the early twentieth century. In addition to the Recipes Project, Jess co-hosts New Books in British Studies, a channel on the New Books Network. You can follow her on Twitter @JessicaPClark.


Social Media Editor (Facebook and Twitter):

Laura Mitchell

Laura Mitchell, University of Saskatchewan and St. Thomas More College

Laura Mitchell trained as a medievalist at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. Her main area of research focus wason charms and other forms of folk magic in later medieval England. Her research interests also include book history, manuscript culture, books of secrets and recipe collections, and their transmission. Laura is currently a project coordinator at the University of Toronto working on a series of digital projects on Matthew Parker’s Manuscripts and Printed Books and John Stow’s Medieval Books. Laura manages the Facebook page and Twitter for The Recipes Project. She sometimes tweets about medieval things @medieval_laura.

Administrative Assistants:

  • Chelsea Clark, University of Saskatchewan
  • Julia Jaegle, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
  • Erin Spinney, University of Saskatchewan

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