Printed Recipe Books in Medical, Political, and Scientific Contexts

Elizabeth Spiller

in The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560608
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Printed Recipe Books in Medical, Political, and Scientific Contexts

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This article examines recipe books published during the Protectorate. These recipe books are a traditional genre, pointing back to earlier understandings of the humoral body while also integrating new iatrochemical understandings of matter into their recipes. They reflect changing attitudes toward the practice of the mechanical arts, the relationship between food and physic, and the very place of the kitchen within the Commonwealth itself. To the extent that cooking and physic were centrally concerned with the sustenance and succouring of man in a fallen world, reading the printed recipe books of the Protectorate offers insight into the matter of the past that they consistently sought to concoct, distil, and temper into healthy bodies and a sound England.

Keywords: Protectorate; recipe books; cooking; food; physic; mechanical arts

Article.  8370 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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