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 transcript of an anonymous and undated mid-16th century cookery book. It appears to have been reprinted several times, including editions in 1575 and 1576…. Very few 15th century cookbooks arrive and from the 1580s onwards, books of recipes become increasingly numerous. Very few, however, seem to exist for the period c. 1500-1580, which makes this book particularly interesting.”
Staplebound pamphlet. 18 pages.