The International Interdisciplinary Conference

Reading and Writing Recipe Books: 1600-1800
8-9 August 2008 at the University of Warwick

The deadline for submissions is 31st January 2008.
Travel bursaries for students and junior faculty may be available.
This will be the first conference worldwide to focus exclusively on early modern recipe books.
This international interdisciplinary conference will provide a much-needed environment that allows recipe book scholars to meet and discuss important issues such as comparative methodologies and periodization, thereby offering a key opportuninity to shape the course of future research on this genre.
Margaret Ezell (English, Texas A&M University)
Mary Fissell (History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University)
Gilly Lehmann (Université de Franche-Comté)
Janet Theophano (Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania)
Proposals for 20 minute papers on any aspect of recipe book studies are welcome, though we particularly encourage papers on the following topics:

  • Methodological essays from the disciplines of history of medicine, literature, material culture, culinary history, etc.
  • Periodization of generic conventions
  • Possibilities of new scholarly directions (e.g recipe books as life-writing sources)
  • Editing a recipe book for modern audiences
  • Evidence of larger cultural influences, such as gender, social status, and geography
  • How manuscript and printed collections relate to one another

Please send your 300 word proposal to one of the co-organisers:
Michelle DiMeo ( or Sara Pennell (

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