Among the pages of the historic cookbooks in UNSW Library Special Collections are weird and wonderful recipes that will confuse the tastebuds and delight the senses.
21 November 2023 - February 2024
Level 3 Main Library
Over time, food preferences and eating habits change in response to various cultural, psychological, and social factors. Within the pages of the historic cookbooks in UNSW Library Special Collections are weird and wonderful recipes that capture these bygone tastes. The exhibition draws together recipes dating back to the 17th century ranging from unconventional flavour combinations like bananas and bacon to decorative salads artfully arranged to be as much a feast for the eye as the stomach.
The recipes, or receipts as they were commonly known, on display cases on Level 3 of UNSW Main Library are loosely grouped under four subheadings: Strange Tastes, Delectable Delights, Peculiar Proteins, and Cooking Curatives. 'Foie gras ice cream' and 'Turtle Fins on Toast' are among the curious delicacies found in the historic cookbooks held in the Library collection.
Accessibility: UNSW Main Library is wheelchair accessible and the exhibition will include large-text artwork labels.