I obtained my PhD from the University of Roehampton in 2015. My thesis explores manuscript medical recipe books as material objects, as well as considering their content and structure, who compiled them and where the information came from. It outlines three forms of network through which both women and men circulated recipes, and offers reasons for the practice continuing given the availability of a range of practitioners, commercial alternatives and a proliferation of print sources.

I am currently working as a copyeditor, proofreader and indexer, and indulging my passion for eighteenth-century history by restoring a chartreuse in southwest France that was built in 1789.

Sally Osborn