Ever wondered if lemon or vinegar will protect you from COVID-19 virus? This book may not give a direct answer to this problem, as it was published at the eve of the recent breakout, but it will help you to understand underlying dynamics of home remedies. Our current secret solutions seem not to be any better than those against 16th-century pest panaceas.

In this book dr. Annemie Leemans investigates the practical knowledge flux in early modern Europe, with a specific interest in art technological knowledge, which frequently appears in all-purpose recipe books. To embed a specific book of instructions for limning (A Very Proper Treatise, 1573) in its context, the larger scope of handwritten and printed recipe books was investigated, with a focus on the origin, dissemination and usage of knowledge.

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