4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Folger Undergraduate Research Fellows
Before Farm to Table
Folger Undergraduate Fellows participated in an intensive seminar during interterm called, "Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures." Students worked collaboratively with the Folger Library's Curator of Manuscripts, Dr. Heather Wolfe, with the Assistant Director of Fellowships, Dr. Amanda Herbert, and with other faculty and staff experts to engage in a 360-degree investigation of an 18th-century manuscript recipe book from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection. Students examined how the book was put together; investigated its users, contributors, and sources; identified seasonal ingredients, preservation methods, and ingredients made available through trade routes and institutionalized slavery. They transcribed, edited, and adapted recipes, discovered implicit knowledge and hidden labor encoded in the recipes, and chose recipes to create together and share in a public presentation. Eniola Ajao '21, Liam Downing '20, Olivia Geiger '21, Anisa Lacey '21, Siyi Li '22, Sarah Montoya '21, Stuart Robbins '20, Joshua Whang '21, Luke Williamson '21.