Cooking in the Archives: Updating Early Modern Recipes (1600-1800) in a Modern Kitchen is a public food history project. Funding from a University of Pennsylvania GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation helped Marissa launch this project in June 2014 with her co-founder Alyssa Connell. In July 2015 we published an essay about our method in Archive Journal. Follow my ongoing culinary and archival exploits on this site, Facebook and on Twitter and Instagram @Rare_Cooking
Cooking in the Archives sets out to find, cook, and discuss recipes from cookbooks produced between 1600 and 1800. This project is situated at the intersection between the practice of modern cooking and the history of early modern manuscript and printed recipe books. I believe these recipes belong in the modern kitchen as well as the historical archive. After all, what are recipes if not instructions for cooking?
The site’s header image is from UPenn Kislak Center MS. Codex 252, [Recipe Book], 32 (verso). One day, I will cook it.