“They call for dates and quinces in the pastry”: A Shakespeare Luncheon

Apologies for the lack of a post last week, but even with the end of the spring semester and the lull before summer, things were quite hectic here in Special Collections. We were moving to a new software tool that should help us provide new and better access to collections and materials (yay!) and we’re still going to be working through that transition during the summer ahead. And, of course, last Thursday, I wasn’t actually anywhere near my office during the time I usually write blog posts. “Why?” you may ask.

Well, I was occupied with some outreach of a culinary and literary nature. The Old Guard Reunion was in full swing and with a luncheon themed around Shakespeare, where else would you find me but peddling tales and receipts? I did manage a few pictures of the items I brought:

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It was a different combination of things: books about medieval cookery, a handful of modern cookbooks, some books and items about Shakespeare, and a few folio sized leaves from individual plays. Although Shakespeare doesn’t have many lengthy passages about food, specific items and dishes, as well as metaphors, lines, and advice about dining appear throughout his plays. (“They call for dates and quinces in the pastry,” in the title of this post, for example, comes from Romeo and Juliet, Act IV, Scene iv.)

All in all, it was a good chance to meet some new folks and talk about Special Collections (which we know I can go on about for a while)!



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