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Spoonful of Sugar: Medicinal Preparation in the Domestic Sphere

Meredith E. Torre, Guest Curator
December 1, 2006 - February 28, 2007
woman cooking in kitchen
Glasse, Hannah.
The House-keeper’s Pocket Book and Compleat Family Cook.
London, 1783
Memorial Library Special Collections
call number Thordarson T 2001

Herbal combinations and interactions that took place during the cooking process created diverse medicinal effects and palpable mealtime flavors. In this way, cooking provided an early example of empirical medicine. Traditional uses for herbs were developed in the kitchen and handed down through generations or recorded in texts such as this House-keeper’s pocket recipe book, which illustrates the close relationship between food and the domestic administration of medicine.


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