Love-in-idleness, Part Two: Intoxicating botanicals in 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'
Love-in-idleness, Part One: Adapting an early modern recipe for heartsease cordial
Eating plants in the early modern world
The three most popular recipes from Before 'Farm to Table'
With the Folger’s four-year Before ‘Farm to Table’ project drawing to a close, we’re revisiting three of the most popular early modern recipes adapted by the project team and shared on the Shakespeare & Beyond blog. Before ‘Farm to Table’:…
Spilling the beans: The Islamic history of coffee
Before there were Starbucks and the quirky coffeeshops masquerading as cozy work corners for many of us, there was the mid-17th century coffeeshop boom in England. During the 1600s, the general conversation about coffee nodded to its status as the…
The turkey’s journey from the Atlantic to the early modern Islamic world
The early modern precursor to turducken: Adapting an old recipe to make mini pies
Before the Thanksgiving turkey came the banquet peacock
Eggs in moonshine and spinach toasts: Two early modern recipes for a sweet breakfast
“Ambiguous and dangerous meat:” Herpetophagy in the early modern world
The dinner table as classroom: Home-schooling gone wrong in 'The Taming of the Shrew'
“As luscious as locusts”: Othello and locust-eaters in the early modern world
Hiob Ludolf, Iobi Lvdolfi Dissertatio de locvstis anno praeterito immensa copia in Germania visis, 1694 (Wellcome Images, Public Domain) Folger 250379 (folio) In Act 1, Scene 3 of Othello, the manipulative Iago urges Roderigo, a wealthy Venetian recently disappointed in…