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The Book of Pottage and Broths 1580-1660

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by Stuart Peachey
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Historical rabbit holes, for those who are inclined.

These slender booklets from Historical Management Associates are the work of an organization dedicated to historical re-enactment in the UK. They are written with a stickler’s attention to historical precision and a conviction that nothing is too arcane to investigate. Some of the books are simple transcriptions of period manuscripts; others represent significant original research, as in Cattle Farming and Grazing Management, which is 52 pages long but cites 36 sources, many of them published in the 17th century.

The introduction includes a quotation from Gervase Markham’s English Housewife:

“Thus I have from these few presidents shewed you the true Art and making of allsorts of boild-meats, and broths; and though men may coine strange names and fain strange Arts, yet be assured that she that can do those, may make any other whatsoever; altering the taste by the alteration of the compounds as shee shall see occasion.”

Staplebound pamphlet. 16 pages

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