wellcome receipts

site to see • The Wellcome Library in London announced that they’ve digitized and uploaded PDFs of its entire collection of 17th century cookbooks, aka “receipt (recipe) books. (image archive)

Grace Acton’s recipe collection. 1621

The pages of recipe books often contain a disconcerting mix of culinary and medical recipes. Here a flamboyant recipe for roasting a peacock and serving it up in its skin, feathers and all, is followed by an unappetising cure for bed-wetting involving mouse boiled in urine.

Wellcome Library ref. MS.1, f.2r

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