This autumn Wellcome Collection will be holding a special series of Recipes and Remedies events exploring the connections between food, health and life.
Inspired by the intriguing collections of hand-written recipes
and remedies in the Wellcome Library, we will be asking if food can cure, rooting through the history of culinary medicines and exploring contemporary scientific and cultural responses to food.
The series will gravitate around a edible experiment where, as the winter evenings draw in, we will challenge a chef to cook up a cure for melancholy, following the suggestions for food, drink and lifestyle in Robert Burton’s seminal 1621 text The Anatomy of Melancholy.
Elsewhere we will be investigating the future of food, the loaded relationships between food, class and morality, and how to navigate a healthy course between food science, social policy and the food industry in the face of ever-changing advice.
There will also be plenty of opportunity to get up close to Wellcome Collection’s unique treasures in sessions exploring topics such as localism and healthy eating then and now, how food remedies have allowed women to challenge male medical orthodoxy, and whether the bloggers of today can find counterparts in the recipe swappers of 400 years ago.
Dates for your almanac:
Library Insight: Nourishing the Nation. Thursday 13 October 2011
Library Insight: The Cook’s Tour. Tuesday 25 October 2011 & Thursday 3 November 2011
Supper Salon: Future Food, with Stefan Gates. Wednesday 26 October 2011
A Feast to Cure Melancholy. Friday 11 November & Saturday 12 November
Reading Between the Lines. Thursday 17 November 2011
Everyone eats, so come along to share your views and delight your mental palate.