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May 11, 2022

Shakespeare features food all over his plays--he even names characters after food! Today, we are diving into the culinary landscape of Early Modern England and learning more about the foods (and foodies) of the time.

Shakespeare Anyone? is created and produced by Kourtney Smith and Elyse Sharp.

Note: When this episode was recorded, Kourtney Smith was "Korey Leigh Smith".

Episode written and researched by Elyse Sharp and Kourtney Smith.

Music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.

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Works referenced:

Brears, Peter. Cooking and Dining in Tudor and Early Stuart England. Prospect Books, 2015. .

Cash, Cassidy, and Brigitte Webster. “ Shakespeare’s Daily Diet with Brigitte Webster.” That Shakespeare Life, performance by Cassidy Cash, season 1, episode 42, 4 Feb. 2019, Accessed 10 May 2022.

Hughes, Glyn. “Foods of England Cheat.” Foods of England - Cheat, 1 Mar. 2022,

Paul, Richard. “You Will Hie You Home to Dinner: The Food of Shakespeare's World.” Shakespeare Unlimited, performance by Wendy Wall, and Barbara Bogaev, season 1, episode 53, 26 July 2016, Accessed 10 May 2022.

Tufts, John. Fat Rascals: Dining at Shakespeare's Table. John Tufts, 2020. 

Tufts, John. Performance by John Tufts, Fat Rascals: Dining at Shakespeare's Table, Episode 1: Chewets, Youtube, 7 Apr. 2020, Accessed 10 May 2022.