Open Call for Contributors

Herbal medicines in a variety of containers] Tacuini sanitatis Elluchasem Elimithar medici de Baldath, de sex rebus non naturalibus, Joannem Schottum, 1531 p. 111. Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.
Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.

The Recipes Project is looking for guest editors and contributors! Guest Editors are encouraged to propose thematic issues on any topic  related to recipe studies. Following consultation with the editorial team, the Guest Editor would lead the work of soliciting posts around that theme. Prospective editors should send along a 250-word pitch explaining the issue’s theme, along with a list of potential contributors or post ideas to to An editor will promptly get back to you about your proposal. Guest Editors will work with one current member of the editorial team to produce their issue.

We also welcome proposals for single posts. Prospective authors should send a 2 or 3-sentence pitch to An editor will promptly get back to you about your proposed submission. Contributors will then be invited to submit posts of around 500-850 words, preferably illustrated with one or two copyright-cleared images. 

We especially aim to build on existing strengths in areas like early modern Europe to reflect exciting international scholarship in the history of science, food, medicine, knowledge, folklore, technologies, magic, beauty, and beyond. This includes work on recipes and recipe-adjacent topics in the Indian Ocean World; African contexts and in the African Diaspora; Latin America; the Middle East; and among global Indigenous communities. We invite proposals from early career researchers and PhD candidates; those in public history, museum, and outreach work; teachers and educators; community leaders and elders; and scholars working either within or beyond traditional academic settings.

We are a grassroots and entirely volunteer-staffed organization, so unfortunately we cannot pay authors for their contributions. However, we can provide a publicity boost to early career researchers and writers. Our mission is to amplify and champion!

About Us

The Recipes Project blog is a collaborative international research community that brings together and showcases interdisciplinary research on recipes across broad temporal and geographic spans. The project features case studies from across time and place: from the ancient world to China and Japan to Renaissance Italy, nineteenth-century America, and more. We cover a range of thematic areas from medicine to alchemy to art technique to food. We also provide resources, thematic series, and we highlight the wonderful ways in which community members use recipes in their teaching.

Since our launch in 2012, we’ve gained a loyal readership. Over the first six months of 2020, over 25,000 unique visitors visited the site each month. The project features the work of more than sixty international researchers at all career stages, from ABD grad students to professors to public history facilitators to community members. Join us!



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