Visiting Scholar Talk & Digital Frontiers Webinar

Helga Müllneritsch

“‘… Hardly any Woman wants to be without a Written Cookbook’:Manuscript Cookbooks between Family Heirloom and Prestigious Objects”

Helga Müllneritsch is a PhD student at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool, and a Visiting Scholar at the Texas Woman's University Special Collections with support from the British Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her thesis focuses on the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth century manuscript cookery book as object, its function, female authorship and ownership, and the recipes with their variations and their symbolic significance.


In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, an increasing number of women started to work as cookbook authors in German-speaking countries. In Austria and Germany, as well as in the British Empire, this phenomena was mainly inspired by the intention to earn money. The role of the working woman in the production of cookbooks has mostly not been acknowledged in recent scholarship. ‘Receipt’ collections are usually seen as strongly connected to the private sphere; (female) family members create them for their young daughters, granddaughters or nieces and subsequently those manuscripts were very often passed on from generation to generation. This talk will discuss the possibility of anonymous professional scribes being involved in the production of manuscript cookbooks in general and by professional female scribes in particular.

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  • Attend the talk at TWU in Blagg Huey Library
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Thursday, October 15, 2015 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Texas Woman's University Blagg Huey Library and Online