Started food history when I chose ‘Kitchens and Cooking from 1650 – 1800’ for my dissertation topic when studying the MA in Local and Regional History at the University of Nottingham. To get some practice in I belonged to the Sealed Knot for a while, and have also done some living history at Grayhill Farm.
Since then I have gone on to publish a collection of 17th and 18th century recipes.
Barstow, C. (2009) In Grandmother Gell’s kitchen. [Large Book] Nottingham: Notts. County Library; [distributor] Nottinghamshire County Council.
I do talks on food history, usually in costume, with samples.
I am currently transcribing probate inventories for Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire.
Having adopted Nottinghamshire as my county, at least as far as food history goes, I am interested in anything relating to food in Nottinghamshire in the past: Recipes, diary entries, customs, accounts..