A manuscript containing culinary and medicinal recipes, poems, and aphorisms from the 17th and 18th centuries has been analyzed by a University of Wyoming scholar, along with colleagues from 10 other universities.

UW Honors College Dean Peter Parolin, an associate professor in UW’s Department of English, contributed an essay to an edition of the Early Modern Studies Journal focused on the Baumfylde manuscript, which became publicly available online in 2016.

The manuscript, held at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is known as a “recipe book” or “receipt book” that was started in 1626 by a woman named Mary Baumfylde, with additions made through 1758.

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Among the recipes included in the manuscript are directions to make sausage, pickled cucumbers, cookies, and a type of mead, along with medicinal recipes and various poems.


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