Preserving on Paper: Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen's Receipt Books (Studies in Book and Print Culture)
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Apricot wine and stewed calfâs head, melancholy medicine and "ointment of roses."
Welcome to the cookbook Shakespeare would have recognized. Preserving on Paper is a critical edition of three seventeenth-century receipt booksâhandwritten manuals that included a combination of culinary recipes, medical remedies, and household tips which documented the work of women at home. Kristine Kowalchuk argues that receipt books served as a form of folk writing, where knowledge was shared and passed between generations. These texts played an important role in the history of womenâs writing and literacy and contributed greatly to issues of authorship, authority, and book history. Kowalchukâs revelatory interdisciplinary study offers unique insights into early modern womenâs writings and the original sharing economy.