As the Digital Research Fellow for the Folger Shakespeare Library's $1.5M Mellon-funded initiative in collaborative research, Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways and Cultures, I project managed the project's digital components. Fifty of the Folger's early modern manuscript receipt books are now available as images, plain-text transcriptions, XML documents, and PDF reading copies.
To learn about the transcribing and encoding processes behind our corpus, please see my articles "Code Breakers: The Hidden Labour Behind the Folger Shakespeare Library's Recipe Book Transcriptions" and "Code Makers: The Hidden Labour Behind the Folger Shakespeare Library's Recipe Book Corpus."
This monograph (in progress) studies foods as religiously inflected and examines recipes as cross-cultural contact zones in which religious and racial identities confront each another. It expands on the concept of the conversion narrative to consider the strategic conversion of foodstuffs, which carried with them the paradoxes of familiarity and otherness, pleasure and pain.
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