Today I put out a call on Twitter asking for open access recipe resources of all sorts. I completed my MA dissertation on early modern recipe books so was familiar with some resources all ready out there, but I’ve been surprised by how many wonderful resources (and people!) I hadn’t come across. I thought I would list these resources here. I’ll definitely be adding to this as I explore my topic further and I will potentially make a separate section that focuses more on the medicinal side of my research too.
I hope this can be of use!
Pario Gallico is a YouTube channel dedicated to ancient cooking methods.
Historical Italian Cooking is a cooking blog which has recipes spanning ancient to modern.
Medieval Cookery draws recipes from a range of online sources.
Grene Boke has many medieval recipes. Scroll down to the bottom of each recipe to see sources.
Foods of England has online recipe books from the 14th to 20th centuries.
Early Modern to Modern
Wellcome Library has a vast collection of digitised manuscript recipe books (16th-19th century), which can be found here.
The University of St Andrews has an online recipe book collection.
Colleen Kennedy compiles a great list of her favourites here. This list includes the fabulous Cooking in the Archives, which is one of my personal favourites too. Continuing on with the early modern, there is also EMROC. The Early Modern Recipes Online Collective (EMROC) is an international group of scholars and enthusiasts who are committed to improving free online access to historical archives and quality contextual information. Early Modern Maritime recipes examines recipes circulating before 1800 in print and manuscript in the area now defined as Canada’s Maritime provinces.
The Recipes Project is also invaluble, international resource which is interested in the history of recipes, ranging from magical charms to veterinary remedies.
Nursing Clio is just a fantastic resource all round. A quick search using the term food or recipe brings up a wealth of interesting articles, including Margret Boyle’s article on early modern Spanish recipes.
For information on where to find historical Mexican recipes, see this Smithsonian article.
Historic Food is a working early modern kitchen at Wreay Farm, a seventeenth century house in Cumbria. Their website has recipes and information on historical kitchenware.
18th century notebooks has a webpage dedicated to English, Scottish and American printed recipe books and household management guides.
Townsends is a YouTube channel dedicated to 18th century American Life.
The Cookbook of Unknown Ladies showcases ‘curious recipes and hidden histories from Westminster City Archives’
The Regency Cook is great on Twitter but also has posts on A Day in the Live of a Regency House. For groups using historical recipes to teach or teach historical cooking see: The Time Travelling Cook and Historic Food
Egham Museum’s podcast on Tips for Tea, a cookery manual by Mabel I Rivers. This podcast features Dr Katie Carpenter.
20th century to contemporary
RMIT university has open access material from The Emily McPherson College of Domestic Economy which opened in 1927 was for many years the only institution in Victoria offering courses in domestic economy, cookery and dress making.
The National Archives have resources relating to UK war rationing
Clare Gordon Bettencourt is a PhD candidate at UC Irvine studying America’s food identity standards, and a pedagogical fellow at UCI’s Division of Teaching Excellence. She has put together a handy list of American online primary resources.
Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales has a digital version of Welsh Fare originally published in 1976.
Here is a blog on the history of fish fingers featured on the Tavistock Institute’s blog.
Reddit has a r/old_recipes which is a great resource for old cookbooks. It’s also really lovely for seeing how old recipes, especially family ones, can help people connect with each other.