The Historical Relevance of Reconstructing an Early Modern Lemon Pie

In the spring of 2021, students of the Huizinga Institute, the Dutch national graduate school for cultural history, took part in the course “The Sensory Archive”. In this course, they read, transcribed, and prepared recipes from an eighteenth-century recipe manuscript from the University of Amsterdam’s special collections. Here, one student reflects on what he learnedContinue reading “The Historical Relevance of Reconstructing an Early Modern Lemon Pie”

The devil is in the details: turpentine varnish

This post first appeared on The Recipes Project on 5 June 2018. By Marieke Hendriksen One of the first things you learn when you do reconstruction research is that the tiniest detail can make a difference. Recently, I wanted to prepare an injection wax for corrosion preparations according to a 1790 recipe. Corrosion preparations are anatomicalContinue reading “The devil is in the details: turpentine varnish”

Do(n’t) try this at home: Simon Witgeest’s New Theatre of Arts

To improve Memory Take the hearts out of seven living Swallows and five Turtledoves, take dry Mint, Pennyroyal, Verbena, Eyebright, prepared Coriander, and Sage, a drachm each, a drachm and a half of flowers of Rosemary, two drachms each of Sweet flag and Cinnamon, one and a half drachm of Cloves, eight grains each ofContinue reading “Do(n’t) try this at home: Simon Witgeest’s New Theatre of Arts”

Gout? Kidney stones? Have a cup of tea!

Here I am, one month into a visiting fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin – a wonderful institution full of scholars from all around the world working on a wide variety of topics. As you can imagine, a lot of tea and coffee is consumed here to keepContinue reading “Gout? Kidney stones? Have a cup of tea!”