Making and Tasting Historical Recipes | Newberry

Making and Tasting Historical Recipes

Led by Sarah Kernan. One session. 9am - 12pm.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Saturday, August 8


Full. Please email to join the wait list.

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Seminar Description

In this seminar, conducted as a cooking demonstration and workshop, we will study, prepare, and taste medieval and early modern English recipes from manuscript and print sources. We will explore the background, methods, and meanings behind a few historic preparations and learn about pre-modern food culture through reading and making recipes.

One session. Registration – $85

Sarah Peters Kernan is an independent culinary historian whose research focuses on cookbooks in medieval and early modern England. She is co-editor of The Recipes Project and collaborates regularly with the Newberry Library. She holds a PhD in medieval history from the Ohio State University.

Materials List


  • Because this workshop is being offered online, participants will be able to select their level of engagement. You may choose to cook along in you own kitchens with any or all recipe preparations, or simply view the cooking demonstration. (A digital course packet with recipes and accompanying ingredient lists will be included in the registration confirmation email.)

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for this seminar.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, June 3.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.