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Skillets, Kettles, and Pipkins
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Skillets, Kettles, and Pipkins

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 Food and Cookery in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England series presents a systematic survey of existing records of ingredients and equipment employed in the period. In addition to concise explanations of how such items might have been used and how they might have been significantly different from what is implied by current terminology, they include citations from various period and later records to demonstrate the geographic and class distribution of everything from hops to decorative tankards.

From the introduction to Skillets, Kettles, and Pipkins:

“This volume contains those cooking vessels, skillets and kettles, which appear to be commonly both case or made of riveted metal usually pan or kettle brass, latten or copper.

“Pipkins have been included in this volume as they have similarities with skillets in terms of size and shape although they are made of earthenware pottery and may have lids which skillets do not seem to have.”

Chapter subheadings include, among othersf “skillet typology,” “dabnets or dobnets,” “kettle metals,” and “kettle repairs.”

Staplebound pamphlet. 52 pages. Sketches and black-and-white photos.

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