Abstract and Keywords
This article examines recipe books published during the Protectorate. These recipe books are a traditional genre, pointing back to earlier understandings of the humoral body while also integrating new iatrochemical understandings of matter into their recipes. They reflect changing attitudes toward the practice of the mechanical arts, the relationship between food and physic, and the very place of the kitchen within the Commonwealth itself. To the extent that cooking and physic were centrally concerned with the sustenance and succouring of man in a fallen world, reading the printed recipe books of the Protectorate offers insight into the matter of the past that they consistently sought to concoct, distil, and temper into healthy bodies and a sound England.
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