Online Culinary Resources

Boston University Libraries: Gastronomy Research Guide

Comprehensive list of reference works, indexes and abstracts, bibliographies, menu collections and internet resources.

Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project

This digital repository includes American cookbooks from the late 18th to the early 20th century. There are 76 cookbooks that have been completely digitized with metadata and are searchable. Includes a glossary of cooking terms and multidimensional images of antiquarian cooking utensils.

Historic Cooking Resources in the University of Delaware Library

Includes tips on searching the local opac, DELCAT, for cookbooks as well as internet resources and a list of historic cookbooks.

Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive

A culinary treasure trove, this archive includes charitable cookbooks, children's cookery, the "great ladies" of 19th century American cookery, the history of food advertising, immigrant and ethnic voices, regional foodway, the cooking school movement and much more. For more information on local Michigan cookbooks, please visit Ann Arbor Cooks.

Key Ingredients: America by Food

Digital companion project from the Smithsonian, focusing on American cuisine including traditional and international influences.

New York Public Library : Culinary History

Collection includes cookbooks from around the world, in various languages. Over 16,000 volumes.

Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego

A collection of over 3,400 items that began with donations from Julia Child and Robert Mondavi, including the first American cookbook by Amelia Simmons, American Cookery (1814).

Michigan State University Libraries : Cookery Collection

Overview of collection containing over 5,000 items including over 2,000 community cookbooks.

Not by Bread Alone: America’s Culinary Heritage

Cornell University Library’s collection of rare books and manuscripts exploring American food habits over the past two hundred years. Includes rare books, photographs, menus, and other early documents of culinary history.

Penn Library Exhibitions HOUSEHOLD WORDS: Women Write from and for the Kitchen

An online exhibit of the The Esther B. Aresty Rare Book Collection, exemplifying the contribution of women from the kitchen. Brief essays and digital images included.

Rutgers University Libraries : Sinclair Jerseyana Coobooks

Extensive collection of New Jersey community cookbooks.

Schlesinger Library : Culinary Collection

International collection of culinary history containing over 15,000 items from the 16th century including and impressive collection of community cookbooks.

Special Collections, KSU : What is a charity cookbook?

A small digital library of 18 charity cookbooks, including choice recipes.

Stony Brook University Libraries: Special Collections and University Archives

Collection of community cookbooks with a focus on Long Island, New York.

Texas Woman’s University : The Cookbook Collection

This collection includes books from Margaret Cook and her mother, Mrs. Thomas Scruggs, best known for their love of community cookbooks.

Virginia Tech Library : Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection

Collection development plan to include all cookbooks published in Virginia, as well as a digital library of 700 images pertaining to culinary history. Publisher of Culinary Thymes.