Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project
Michigan State University has scanned 75 texts from its collection of 7,000 culinary works. Among the full-text offerings are classics such as the 1896 edition of Fannie Farmer’s The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book and several works by Eliza Leslie. Searchable database. Open access to these works.
Making of America
Not a culinary site, but a large number of 19th century American journals can be accessed, many of which have articles of interest to culinary historians, such as an 1894 review of Charles Ranhofer’s The Epicurean. Searchable database. Open access to these works.
The website of food historian Ivan Day.
The Food Timeline
An extensive website maintained by Lynne Oliver, librarian of the Morris County (NJ) library and IACP member.
Not By Bread Alone: America’s Culinary Heritage
A special exhibit held at Cornell University in 2002; a brief overview.
Household Words: Women Write from and for the Kitchen
A special exhibit from the Esther B. Aresty Collection of Rare Books in the Culinary Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.
Flavor and Fortune
Edited by founding CHNY member Jacqueline Newman, a quarterly dedicated to the art and science of Chinese cuisine.
Founded by CHNY member David Leite, a James Beard Award-winning site of broad interest.
New York Public Library
Many helpful, interesting links in this guide by the staff of the NYPL.
The Website of Gary Allen – “On the Table”
Essays and links by the author of “Resource Guide for Food Writers.”
Heritage Radio Networks
“A Taste of the Past” – Listen to CHNY member Linda Pelaccio’s weekly food history interview show on Heritage Radio.
Research Centre for the History of Food and Drink
University of Adelaide, South Australia.
Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery
An annual, weekend-long conference on food, its culture and its history. The oldest and most important gathering on this topic.
Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS)
ASFS has a moderated discussion forum.
New! Rick McDaniel’s “Hush Puppy Nation”
A new website devoted to the history and culture of Southern food, with a series of recipes copied from original cookbooks in my collection that the copyright has expired or that were never copyrighted and are in the public domain.
Living History Programs
The Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums
Provides an overview of current thinking in living history museums plus many links to related sites.
Early American and Native American Foodways
Culinary History Organizations
Culinary Historians of Boston
c/o Joyce Toomre
55 Hillside Avenue
West Newton, MA 02165
Culinary Historians of Southern California
Susanna Erdos, Membership VP
Culinary Historians of D.C.
c/o Shirley Cherkasdy
400 Madison Street #604
Alexandria VA 22314-1744
Culinary Historians of Chicago
c/o Dr. Bruce Kraig
430 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor
c/o Randy Schwartz
1044 Greenhills Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2722
Culinary Historians of Hawai’i
c/o Nancy Lewis
60 N. Beretania, #3010
Honolulu, HI 96817
Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin
c/o Terese Allen
2726 Willard Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
Culinary Historians of Canada
260 Adelaide Street East
PO Box 149
Toronto Ontario M5A 1N1 CANADA
culinaryhistorians [at] uoguelph.ca
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