Eat My Words: Cookbooks in Early Modern England | Newberry

Eat My Words: Cookbooks in Early Modern England

Led by Sarah Kernan. Five sessions. 10 am - 12 pm.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Saturdays, September 28 - October 26

10 - 12 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Register online

Seminar Description

Food and books have long been an enticing pairing. In this seminar, we will explore their convergence in early modern England. Focusing on print and manuscript primary sources, we will delve into the cookery genre through discussions of book production, the household, authorship and readership, ingredients and kitchen technologies, and the meal. Students will be encouraged to prepare historic dishes and transcribe manuscript recipes.

Five sessions. E - $220, L - $242

An independent culinary historian, Sarah Peters Kernan holds a PhD in medieval history from the Ohio State University. Her research focuses on cookbooks in medieval and early modern England. She is co-editor of The Recipes Project and collaborates regularly with the Newberry Library.

Materials List


  • A free digital course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed electronically before the seminar begins. **Please note that you can purchase a printed copy at an additional cost to be paid at the first session (cash or check accepted).

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.