Searching for Syphilis in Recipe Books

By Olivia Weisser I have been on the search for syphilis – or venereal disease as it was known in England in the 1600s and 1700s. In that era, there was one broad disease category, “venereal disease,” for what we know now to be different STDs. Personal writing about venereal disease can be challenging to find because the disease … Continue reading Searching for Syphilis in Recipe Books

Looking at Paper and Recipes…

By Elaine Leong Earlier this year, when the daffodils were in full bloom, I shared the fruits of my recent research with the readers of this blog. My current project, ‘Papering the Household: Paper, Recipes and Technologies in Early Modern England’ explores the intersection of early modern recipes and paper making and paper use. In … Continue reading Looking at Paper and Recipes…

Papering the Household: Paper, Recipes and Technologies in Early Modern England

By Elaine Leong Oh how time flies… the days are already getting longer and the market flower stalls have been selling bright yellow daffodils for weeks. 2016, it seems, is almost a quarter over! A few months ago, a group of us kicked off the New Year in style with a workshop titled: ‘Working with … Continue reading Papering the Household: Paper, Recipes and Technologies in Early Modern England

How to brew beer with a ‘paile of cold water’

By Elaine Leong The sun is shining brightly outside my window and the temperatures are finally (!) getting warm in Berlin. When this happens, Berliners all head out to the parks, terraces and to their beloved balconies for the ‘Balkonsaison’. Of course, we all associate different drinks with our terrace parties but one drink which … Continue reading How to brew beer with a ‘paile of cold water’