Author: Sarah Kernan

Strawberries: Delicious and Devotional

By Sarah Peters Kernan While looking through the Newberry Library’s extraordinary collection of medieval books of hours, I was surprised to see how frequently strawberries dotted the marginal illuminations. The berries usually appear alongside colorful flowers; while obviously decorative, I began to wonder why this food was so prolific in…

Wyl bucke his Testament, or, an Ode to Dining on Venison

By Sarah Peters Kernan I recently stumbled upon a small print cookbook at the Newberry Library in Chicago while I was working on another project. I couldn’t help but request this 1560 volume which was supposed to have recipes, according to the catalogue entry. I was particularly intrigued given its…

Illustrated Recipes in Crophill’s Cookery

By Sarah Peters Kernan While I was researching medieval and early modern cookeries for my dissertation, I came across several manuscripts that were notable in one regard or another but they did not make it into my final document. In the hope of inspiring further research, I am focusing on…

Medieval Cookery Rolls as Practical Kitchen Texts

By Sarah Peters Kernan A cookery copied on a roll might seem unwieldy and impractical to the modern mind. Who would record lists of recipes on a long strip of parchment, only to roll it up again for storage? Not … Continue reading →