Creating a Bilingual Digital Recipe Book with “La cocina española antigua”

Author: Carol Lynne Hemmingway
Faculty Mentor: Maria Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes


As a daily encountered form of culture, food serves as one way that students can engage with cultural studies. During the spring 2021 semester, Dr. Maria Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes’ Cultures of Spain course highlighted the gastronomical traditions of Spain in its final assignment. Each student selected a recipe from Emilia Pardo Bazán’s collection of traditional recipes La cocina española antigua. After collecting general information on the recipe, students transcribed the original Spanish text and then translated it into English. Originally, the project incorporated a digital component in which students created a digital recipe book with their chosen recipes. Time and technical constraints prevented it from coming to fruition. Over the following summer, Hemmingway, one of the course’s students, helped fulfill the original intention of the project by setting up a prototype bilingual database using OmekaS. These contributions both complete her individual project and create the foundation for continued development on the digital recipe book. This presentation outlines the development of the digital recipe book, discussing entry presentation, website design, searchability, and project continuity. It examines how to create a bilingual project that emphasizes ease of contribution of new entries and user navigation.
Research Type: Undergraduate Research

5 Responses

  1. What an interesting project! I really like the idea of creating a digital recipe book to both preserve, and share, these recipes with others through digitalizing and translating them. I wonder if it will eventually include other recipe books as well?

  2. What an interesting project! I wonder if these recipes will become available to cooks as well as students and researchers.

  3. I really enjoyed reading through this poster! Your project is super interesting, and it is cool how it demonstrates the versatility of the OmekaS toolkit. Although it isn’t currently complete, I think that just by creating a project like this and having it available, others will be encouraged to contribute to it and continue to work on it. I look forward to seeing how this develops!

  4. I enjoyed reading through this project. Food culture is so important to us as people. I look forward to the completion of this archive. The fact that your goal is to increase the accessibility of these recipes is one of the most admirable I’ve seen from a university project.

  5. I really enjoyed reading through this poster. I know how important food is to culture and being able to preserve for generations to come. Especially with how diverse Omeka is and how this technique will be able to used for recipes.

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