Science & Recipes

by Jessica C. Murphy

Reading Sara Pennell’s 2004 essay in Early Modern Women’s Manuscript Writing, and am struck by her claim that “the essential paradox of both the recipe and the experimental observation is that they are texts that surely render complete demystification impossible. As a record of practice they are vulnerable precisely because, as texts of action, they always evade standardization” (246).

What do you think?

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