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The coriander connection: Brain health in early modern English recipes and Ayurvedic practices today
a glass cup of tea with a basin of fennel seeds
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The coriander connection: Brain health in early modern English recipes and Ayurvedic practices today

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Amita Jain

An Ayurvedic doctor explores resonances between traditional Indian medicine and an early modern English recipe in the Folger collection that prescribes coriander to “helpe the memorie.”

Recipes to remember: Coriander, gallyngale, and the legacies of the lost
a handwritten book of recipes
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Recipes to remember: Coriander, gallyngale, and the legacies of the lost

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Lucy Mookerjee

The Receipt Book of Margaret Baker, compiled in 1675, contains a recipe for a memory-potion called “Confect of Coriander Seed.”

Love-in-idleness, Part Two: Intoxicating botanicals in 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'
Oberon and Titania
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Love-in-idleness, Part Two: Intoxicating botanicals in 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'

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Marissa Nicosia

Love-in-idleness, a flower also called pansy or heartsease, plays an important role in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as Marissa Nicosia explores.

Love-in-idleness, Part One: Adapting an early modern recipe for heartsease cordial
purple pansy floating in pink cocktail
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Love-in-idleness, Part One: Adapting an early modern recipe for heartsease cordial

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Marissa Nicosia

Marissa Nicosia adapts an early modern recipe for heartsease cordial. This purple pansy syrup was used to “clear the heart” – to treat the chest and lungs or to reduce fever – but also for healing heartaches and other amorous…