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- DescriptionFor a significant part of the early modern period, England was the most active site of recipe publication in Europe and the only country in which recipes were explicitly addressed to housewives. Recipes for Thought analyzes, for the first time, the full range of English manuscript and printed recipe collections produced over the course of two centuries. Recipes reveal much more than the history of puddings and pies: they expose the unexpectedly therapeutic, literate, and experimental culture of the English kitchen. Wendy Wall explores ways that recipe writing-like poetry and artisanal culture-wrestled with the physical and metaphysical puzzles at the center of both traditional humanistic and emerging scientific cultures. Drawing on the works of Shakespeare, Spenser, Jonson, and others to interpret a reputedly unlearned form of literature, she demonstrates that people from across the social spectrum concocted poetic exercises of wit, experimented with unusual and sometimes edible forms of literacy, and tested theories of kwledge as they wrote about healing and baking. Recipe exchange, we discover, invited early modern housewives to contemplate the complex components of being a Renaissance maker and thus to reflect on lofty concepts such as figuration, natural philosophy, national identity, status, mortality, memory, epistemology, truth-telling, and matter itself. Kitchen work, recipes tell us, engaged vital creative and intellectual labors.
- Author BiographyWendy Wall is director of the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English at Northwestern University. She is author of The Imprint of Gender: Authorship and Publication in the English Renaissance and Staging Domesticity: Household Work and English Identity in Early Modern Drama.
- Author(s)Wendy Wall
- PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Date of Publication06/11/2015
- SubjectHistory: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleMaterial Texts
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Content Note52 illus.
- Weight635 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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