Old cookery books can tell us a lot more than just how to cook a meal. What do they reveal about topics as diverse as access to technology and the concept of truth?
What if those old cookbooks gathering dust on your bookshelf were actually the perfect lens through which to view and understand history?
Cookbooks tell us so much about the society and time in which they were written, and not just about food matters. They reveal when, as a society, we started using quantities as a way to show truth. And they give us unparalleled insights into the technologies available to people at specific points in history.
Join Professor Rebecca Earle as she delves through a collection of old cookbooks and explores the clues about history, anthropology, and society secreted within their pages.
Food for Thought