Introducing the Digital Recipe Books Project

Alchemical apparatus, 1782. Credit: Wellcome Library, London.
Alchemical apparatus, 1782. Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

By Lisa Smith

Welcome to the Digital Recipe Books Project blog!

This is the blog for my students at the University of Essex who are transcribing early modern recipes. It is a place for them to share their research findings, to think about our class readings and research methodologies, and to communicate with other scholars working on recipes.

Our project is connected to the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective: a group that is transcribing early modern recipe books online. EMROC’s goal? To develop a large corpus of texts that can be analysed digitally.

In 2016-7, the Digital Recipe Books Project will transcribe and analyse the seventeenth-century manuscript of Margaret Baker (Folger Shakespeare Library, V.a.619). At the end of the year, we will have created an online exhibition with the results of our analysis. Along the way, we will also participate in an EMROC Transcribathon–and chat with students working with Amy Tigner (University of Texas Arlington) and Marissa Nicosia (Penn State Abington).

We hope that you’ll enjoy following our adventures!


About lisasmith

Lecturer in Digital History, University of Essex. Writes on gender, health, and the household in early modern England and France (ca. 1600-1800). Primary investigator for the Sir Hans Sloane Correspondence Online Project. Collaborator for the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective, founding co-editor of The Recipes Project, and blogger at Wonders and Marvels and Shakespeare's World. Tweets as @historybeagle. On Zooniverse as @LWSmith.

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