Author: fglover

If Looks Could Kill

There is so much focus on beauty in modern media. Ideas of what constitutes as beautiful or ugly are constantly thrown at us, through regular advertisements of cosmetics and adoration of “beautiful” celebrities. The perfect beauty regime is much sought after and, today, the beauty industry is worth billions. Recently…

A Recipe for Love

The modern world is obsessed with love. Dating, relationships, marriage and sex, are all topics of discussion and advice. Love is all over the media, from relationship advice columns to the latest romantic comedy in the cinema. As it turns out, contemporaries from the early modern period were obsessed with…

How much can recipes tell us about a family?

By Faye Glover Before The Digital Recipe Books Project I had always considered a recipe as just a set of instructions to make a food dish or a medical prescription. How naïve! I have now realised how recipes are invaluable primary sources to studying the domestic sphere in the early modern…