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.
From the introduction:
“This is a transcription of the handwritten receipt book of Lady Elynor Fetiplace. This edition has been produced from a full and careful typed transcription made by John Spurling who inherited the book.
“In 1987 Penguin Books published ‘Elinor Fetiplace’s Receipt Book’ by HIllary Spurling, This excellent and detailed book contained a number of the culinary recipes with a detailed commentary and explanation also provides a far more detailed background to Lady Elynor herself. That book however contained only a small portion of the material in the receipt book, most of which was concerned with domestic medicinal recipes. This edition is the first to reproduce the whole work.”
Text is reproduced as written by Lady Elynor and successive contributors. The organization of the recipes is not systematic.