Thank you to all who were able to come to last Tuesday’s opening for our current exhibition, An Exhibition in Six Courses: Testing Recipes from the Clark’s Manuscript Collection! In addition to the debut of the exhibit itself, the opening also featured the tasting of a Nottingham Ale brewed by UCLA PhD candidate and Clark researcher Alex Hernandez, made according to a 17th-century recipe from one of our cookery manuscripts. Curator Jennifer Bastian (the Clark’s Visual Resources Specialist) spoke briefly to discuss her procedure for transcribing and interpreting the sometimes difficult vocabulary and eccentric measurements of recipes she tested in her home kitchen; Alex was also able to give some remarks on his similar experience working with the ale recipe, and on the history behind British ale-making and Nottingham ale in particular.
If you were not able to make it to the opening, the exhibit is open by appointment until the end September. Call the Clark at 323-731-8529 to arrange a visit!