Sperimentato publishes posts and brief articles centered around one or more documents recording recipes, treatments, procedures, and narratives accounts of health in action on the Italian peninsula between 1300-1750. The posts and brief articles will be derived from a wide range of sources to include medical collections, cookery books, alchemical textbooks, dietetic advice books, and pharmacopeia. Posts should take the format of an image of the original text (where available), followed by a transcription and a commentary situating the document in its local and global contexts.
Posts should be between 500 and 1500 words and should follow a traditional essay format, incorporating relevant outside content and footnotes or hyperlinks where appropriate. They should include a brief discussion of the transcribed recipe(s), particularly deriving from the author’s field(s) of expertise. The language of the blog is English, and the register should be less specialized than that of a formal journal article. Transcriptions either of printed or manuscript documents should follow a diplomatic style, with no orthographic corrections, and do not need translation. Chicago style is preferred for notes and formatting.
Contributors are encouraged to include images related to the content of their posts. Please be sure that all images are accompanied by a caption that credits the source; you are responsible for clearing copyright.
Posts will be reviewed by the editors and usually returned with suggestions and revisions within a week. Before submitting, please review our list of subheadings and themes and provide a list of appropriate categories and tags to attach to your post.