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The Ladies Closet Opened: A Period Recipe Book, 1639
The Ladies Closet Opened: A Period Recipe Book, 1639
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The Ladies Closet Opened: A Period Recipe Book, 1639


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.


From the introduction:

“This book is a transcription of the culinary recipes only from The Ladies Closet Opened of 1639…’Wherein is found hidden severall experiments in preserving and conserving, Physicke, and Surgery, Cookery and Huswifery.'”

Staplebound pamphlet. 32 pages.

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