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  • The Apocalypse arrives in America!


    The Wellcome Apocalypse (MS. 49) is currently on loan to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, and features in their latest exhibition, ‘A feast for the senses: art and experience in medieval Europe’. The Apocalypse is a beautiful, richly… Continue reading

  • Woodcut of man suffering from pox.

    Early medicine: new on the shelves


    This post marks the first of a series of quarterly roundups of new publications of interest to researchers of early medicine that have recently been added to the shelves of the Wellcome Library. The bulletin will highlight monographs and collections… Continue reading

  • Campaigning cookbooks for vegetarians


    Take a look at the published books in our collection classified under the subject Vegetarian Diet and you might be surprised. A substantial number were published in the second half of the 19th century. The first vegetarian society in the… Continue reading

  • Forbidden fruit in Iranian cuisine


    Iran has a long history of interaction with the West. One aspect of cultural cross-fertilization is the art of cooking. The Library recently acquired a new Persian manuscript collection of culinary recipes, which sheds new light on the influence of… Continue reading

  • The Sausage follows the Flag


    Draw up a list of iconic British foods: menu items that radiate comfort and Britishness to the native and the outsider alike. The chances are that sausages will be somewhere on that list – not, perhaps, as charged with emotional… Continue reading

  • Say cheese!


    One of those quotations that comes up again and again is General de Gaulle’s complaint about the impossibility of uniting France: “How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?” For the serious… Continue reading

  • The crust of it!


    This week is National Pie Week in Great Britain, celebrating the long history of pies and pasties in British cookery. Although the haggis and the Roast Beef of Old England occur more in song and story, food wrapped in pastry… Continue reading

  • A Friday night curry


    We are what we eat. This is most obviously true in the physical sense, but also culturally: our diet expresses our society and encodes a wide variety of cultural influences. Not only does our food say who we are now… Continue reading

  • Item of the Month, September 2009: George Washington’s order for supplies


    Laudanum, Sago and Glue for the Father of his Country Two hundred and fifty years ago, on September 20th 1759, a young member of the landed gentry in Virginia sent an order for supplies to London. The document, now held… Continue reading

  • Cooking in the City


        The Wellcome Library has recently acquired the “Book of Receipts for Cookery and Pastry 1732 & c.” (MS.8687) started by Sarah Tully, who married Richard Hoare of the London banking family in 1732, and continued by other hands,… Continue reading