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Category Archives: Historical Gastronomy
See also my database of historical recipes, a searchable collection from my research, with notes on trials where relevant. The collection is heavily weighted towards baking, and it may in fact be the world’s largest collection of gingerbread recipes, though I suspect not.
Comedy in the sense of a happy ending, not because mistakes are always funny. (Image courtesy of The British Library.) I want to follow up on what I said in my previous post about the importance of errors in learning … Continue reading
A few years ago I left off my research into historical gastronomy when it became clear that I was onto an idea bigger than the project could contain — a set of interlocking ideas, really, about craft and the body. … Continue reading
The lemon sponge pie is simply a lemon custard pie with separately beaten egg whites, and I think it began as an attempt to lighten lemon custard pie — an attempt that failed, but produced something entirely different. When you … Continue reading
“Magazine” as in powder magazine, that is, not the periodical kind. A personal arsenal of condiments, created by Regency England’s foremost gastronome and noted eccentric. Do not go unarmed into the battle for flavor, men! Continue reading
For Christmas dinner I wanted to try something historical — besides the cookies, I mean, and other than a plum pudding, which nearly killed me the one time I tried to eat it after the full-on holiday feast. The centerpiece … Continue reading