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    Midwinter warmers

    23/12/2016

    As the nights draw in, what better way to banish winter chills than with a warming drink. In the last of her Christmas blog posts, Mary-Anne Boermanns offers something from our historical recipe manuscripts that will see you through the… Continue reading

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    Last minute plum pudding

    21/12/2016

    Looking to bring something a little out of the ordinary to the Christmas table this year? Mary-Anne Boermans sought inspiration from our historical recipe manuscripts. Here’s her adaptation of a traditional plum pudding recipe: When we think of sweet, festive… Continue reading

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    Savoury mince pies

    19/12/2016

    Looking to bring something a little out of the ordinary to the Christmas table this year? Mary-Anne Boermans sought inspiration from some traditional recipes in our historical recipe manuscripts. Here’s her take on the original mince pies: Mince Pies have… Continue reading

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    How to survive the dog-days of summer

    10/08/2016

    Are you wilting under the heliacal rising of Sirius, Orion’s best friend, otherwise known as the ‘dog-days of summer‘?  Whether or not you have modern air conditioning (or servants to fan your heated brow), history provides us with a number of examples… Continue reading

  • V0011125 A man in bed with vegetables sprouting from all parts of his
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A man in bed with vegetables sprouting from all parts of his body; as a result of taking J. Morison's vegetable pills.
Coloured Lithograph
1831 By: C. J. GrantPublished: 8 May 1831

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    Campaigning cookbooks for vegetarians

    19/05/2016

    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

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    Barberries, saffron and almond milk: the flavours of 2015 … and 1662

    19/12/2015

    Holly Story from the Library’s media team has been delving in to one of our many historical recipe books. Here’s what she discovered from the point of view of a curious cook rather than an historian or archivist. In the… Continue reading

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    A history of health? Integrating food and drink into the history of medieval medicine

    07/10/2015

    The first seminar in the 2015–16 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 13th October. Speaker: Dr Iona McCleery (University of Leeds) A history of health? Integrating food and drink into the history of medieval medicine Abstract: The… Continue reading

  • V0010857 A man with gout seated at a table drinking with a parson and
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A man with gout seated at a table drinking with a parson and a woman. Coloured etching.
1810 Published: 5 April 1810

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    Spotlight: pass the port, Dr Jenner

    10/08/2015

    When Edward Jenner, the vaccination pioneer, died in 1823, he left over 800 books among his personal effects. They are listed in an inventory preserved in the Wellcome Library (MS 3028). They include, unsurprisingly, a large number of works on… Continue reading

  • V0044760 A lemon plant (Citrus japonica): flowering and fruiting stem
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A lemon plant (Citrus japonica): flowering and fruiting stems. Coloured zincograph, c. 1876, after W. Fitch.
1876 By: Walter Hood FitchPublished: 1862-84]

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    When life gives you lemons…

    01/07/2015

    We have put over 20,000 of our digitised books online and, thanks to full-text searching in the Library catalogue, our digitisation programme is starting to bear fruit for researchers. To prove the point I sought inspiration from our collections on… Continue reading

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    A high class book of reference

    23/04/2015

    Here is an entertaining guide to Our Daily Fare and How to Provide It, for World Book Day. This book is aimed at the average housewife stuck at home in 1893 and limited to a “small weekly household allowance” of… Continue reading