CFP: Reading and Writing Recipe Books: 1600-1800 (1/31/08; August 08)

by Jessica C. Murphy

Reading and Writing Recipe Books: 1600-1800

University of Warwick

8-9 August 2008

Keynote Speakers:
Margaret Ezell (English, Texas A&M University)

Mary Fissell (History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University)

Gilly Lehmann (Universite de Franche-Comte)

Janet Theophano (Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania)

This international interdisciplinary conference will provide a much-needed environment that allows recipe book scholars to meet and discuss important issues such as comparative methodologies and periodization, thereby offering a key opportunity to shape the course of future research on this genre.


Proposals for 20 minute papers on any aspect of recipe book studies are welcome, though we particularly encourage papers on the following topics:

  • Methodological essays from the disciplines of history of medicine, literature, material culture, culinary history, etc.
  • Periodization of generic conventions
  • Possibilities of new scholarly directions (e.g. recipe books as life-writing sources)
  • Editing recipe books for modern audiences
  • Evidence of larger cultural influences, such as gender, social status, and geography
  • How manuscript and printed recipe collections relate to one another

Please send your 300 word proposal to one of the co-organisers:

Michelle DiMeo ( or Sara Pennell (

The deadline for submission is 31 January 2008.

For more information, please see

Details on travel bursaries for students and junior faculty will be updated on the website.