The value of domestic knowledge: recipes and receipt book manuscripts in the Nottinghamshire households of the long eighteenth century

Judd, L.-A., 2021. The value of domestic knowledge: recipes and receipt book manuscripts in the Nottinghamshire households of the long eighteenth century. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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This thesis examines receipt book manuscripts of Nottinghamshire households during the long eighteenth century, and explores their value, utility and significance to the individuals and communities that they were situated within, as well as to the scholarly understanding of those who study them. It outlines the structural make-up of regional examples, maps the networks and communities of knowledge that are reflected, and has challenged what it posits as an overly gendered perception of participation in domestic recipe sharing activity during this period.

Through the transcription, categorisation and documentation of sources selected for their local relevance, this thesis contributes a more detailed and nuanced picture of the specific social and cultural landscape in which they were produced. Taking a prosopograhical approach has facilitated the critical assessment of the fluid and varied form and structure of receipt book examples, particularly in relation to their functional utility to the individuals, families, and communities that produced and benefited from them. By closely mapping recipe attributions across such a regionally specific sample, it has been able to draw upon source content alongside contextual biographical and supplementary evidence in order to contribute to our understanding of the complexities of local relationships and recipe-networks which are shown to have crossed household, gender, and status boundaries.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Judd, L.-A.
Date: March 2021
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Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 20 Oct 2022 09:10
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 09:10

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