Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project

I just came across this Michigan State University Historic American Cookbook Project. Jan Longone, Curator of American Culinary History,
Clements Library, University of Michigan, starts her introductory essay with the following two paragraphs:

Seventy-five books to represent American culinary history may seem an arbitrary number. And, indeed, it is. However, the careful and informed selection of these 76 volumes from the comprehensive holdings of the MSU Libraries’ Special Collections will enable a researcher to investigate any number of the varied and interdisciplinary aspects of that history. It is important to note here that these 76 volumes represent but a small fraction of some 7,000 volumes on the culinary arts in the MSU Library. Those interested should consult MSU’s online catalog to see what additional holdings are available.”

“To place the selected books in the proper context, we begin with a brief history of cookbook publishing in the United States. This is followed by a chronological listing of the 75 books in the Feeding America project. Next, we offer suggestions for methods of using this collection. We then conclude with a select reading list on American cookbook history.”

If you are interested in the historical aspects of cooking and cookbooks in America check out the MSU website at, http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/


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