History Bound Up in Every Bite: Food, Environment, and Recipes in the Western Civ Survey

By David C. Fouser I use food as much as possible in my surveys of Western Civilization and world history. As a cultural and environmental historian, I use food to give meaning to the lived experience of our subjects. We read The Epic of Gilgamesh alongside an ancient Mesopotamian recipe for beer, the “water of … Continue reading History Bound Up in Every Bite: Food, Environment, and Recipes in the Western Civ Survey

Summer Recipes: A Recipes Project Round-up

  Amanda E. Herbert Here in the southeastern US, the summer weather is sweltering, and it seemed like the perfect time to dig into the Recipes Project Archives for some posts on how best to survive the hottest (northern hemisphere) months of the year. I’ll start with Sally Osborn’s post about how to make your own … Continue reading Summer Recipes: A Recipes Project Round-up

Something old – something new: Greek and Roman recipes in focus

By Laurence Totelin The double-faced Roman god Janus presided over transitions: transitions from war to peace, from month to month, and from year to year. The Romans celebrated him on the Kalends of January, the first day of the year. The festivities are described most fully by the poet Ovid (first century CE) in his … Continue reading Something old – something new: Greek and Roman recipes in focus

History Carnival #139

We are very pleased to be hosting History Carnival #139 at the Recipes Project this month! We have a wealth of interesting posts to show you this month. Education and the teaching of history has been a hot topic recently. Sean Creighton at History Matters reflected on how Black History Month has evolved and what … Continue reading History Carnival #139