Event—Adult Education

Making and Tasting Historical Recipes: The Medieval Spice Trade


Cook along with the instructor in this historical recipe class.

Novo teatro di machine et edificii per uarie et sicure operationi, 1656. Call number: Case Wing folio Z 40291 .995

Class Description

In this class, which will be conducted as a cooking demonstration and workshop, we will study, prepare, and taste medieval European recipes from manuscript sources. We will explore the medieval spice trade and learn about premodern food culture through reading and interpreting recipes featuring an array of historical spices.

Sarah Peters Kernan, Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library, holds a PhD in medieval history from The Ohio State University. In addition to regularly writing and teaching, she is co-editor of The Recipes Project and host of the Around the Table podcast.

Materials List

  • Digital Course Packet

First Reading

  • Participants may choose their level of participation in the seminar. They should review the digital course packet in advance to determine if they wish to cook along with the instructor.

Cost and Registration

One session, $100 ($90 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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