Episode 37 l Recipe and Cookbook Abundance
Episode 37 l Recipe and Cookbook Abundance

Welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today’s episode was inspired by a Mother’s Day meal we shared with our son and his girlfriend. They both work at high-end restaurants in Cincinnati. It’s not uncommon that when we get together we talk about the restaurant and their favorite dishes on the menu. The conversation recently turned to a cold sliced pork dish with tuna sauce. They absolutely adored the dish and the new-to-them pairing of pork and tuna. As a cookbook collector may do after a conversation like that, I turned to my cookbook collection to find the recipe. I found a recipe in Marcella Hazen’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, for Vitello Tonnato – Cold Sliced Veal with Tuna Sauce. As I searched for this recipe in four of my Italian cookbooks, I was struck by the abundance of recipes and cookbooks we have at our fingertips.

On the internet and in our cookbook collections we can find almost anything. Despite this abundance, we feel like we’re still missing the secret, out of alignment with what we have, like we’re missing out, overwhelmed, and in general, everything being hard from planning, prepping, shopping, cooking, and doing the dishes. On the podcast today, I explore this: why do we feel negative when we have so much recipe, how-to, and cookbook abundance? I think it’s because of how we’re thinking about it, and that in order to feel better, we don’t need more information and cookbooks, we need to change the way we think about what we have. Tune in to hear my 6 tips to work with Recipe and Cookbook Abundance to learn something new and create new results in your kitchen.

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Episode 36 l Interview with Cookbook Collectors, Champion Pie Bakers, and Authors Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin
Episode 36 l Interview with Cookbook Collectors, Champion Pie Bakers, and Authors Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin

Welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today’s episode was a lot of fun as I interview Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin. Chris and Paul are cookbook collectors. They are scientists by trade, and one day, about 10 years ago they decided to enter an amateur pie competition. Chris’ Lemon Strawberry Pie won 1st place, and from there, they have been on a journey of pie, culminating in a 2017 Best of Show award at the National Pie Championship. As a result of their win their, and an article in the NYT, they were approached about writing a cookbook of their own. In this interview we talk about their journey through pie competitions, writing their cookbook, and their favorite pie and baking books.

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Episode 35 l Celebrate Kentucky Derby with Kentucky Cookbooks
Episode 35 l Celebrate Kentucky Derby with Kentucky Cookbooks

Welcome back to this week’s episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today I am excited to share with you an episode on Kentucky Cookbooks. This episode holds a special place in my heart and life because I was born and raised in Kentucky, and because the Kentucky Derby was always a sporting event that was celebrated by our family. So in today’s episode I share more about Kentucky’s literary tradition, what the Kentucky Derby is, how the Kentucky Derby is celebrated, and a discussion of my favorite Kentucky cookbooks.

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Episode 34 l A Look Back at Illustrated Cookbooks
Episode 34 l A Look Back at Illustrated Cookbooks

Welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today’s topic is an offshoot of my episode last week with Literary Agent Maria Ribas. We talked about upcoming trends in cookbooks, and Maria mentioned illustrations. It’s hard to imagine that illustrations will replace photography, but in this episode, I take a look back to illustrated and hand-lettered cookbooks in my collection. My review of these books led me to the discovery that illustrations serve many purposes in cookbooks:  design, instruction of step-by-step processes, identification if ingredients or equipment, or in the case of To The Kings Taste, illustrations that displayed elaborate scenes of medieval dinners and kitchen tasks (such as stomping grapes, or churning butter) created from woodcuts.

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Episode 33 l Interview with Cookbook Collector and Literary Agent Maria Ribas
Episode 33 l Interview with Cookbook Collector and Literary Agent Maria Ribas

Welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast, today I am excited to share an interview with Maria Ribas. Maria is a true cookbook lover. She not only collects cookbooks, and uses cookbooks at home when she cooks, but she also works as a literary agent at Stonesong Literary Agency. At Stonesong, Maria represents authors to publishers, including her favorite genre, cookbook authors. Today on the podcast we discuss the process of acquiring cookbook titles: first, where publishers scout for authors on a particular topic VS authors sending in proposals for their cookbook ideas. We also discuss what’s on the horizon for cookbook trends, and her view of just how large a food writer’s platform needs to be for consideration of publication at a large publishing house. At home, and due to space limitations, Maria carefully curates her cookbook collection. She loves books that “take [her] away”  with beautiful photography and writing, and equally as many cookbooks that offer time in the kitchen as a time to relax, or quiet yourself, rather than seeing cooking as one more chore to get done.

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Episode 32 l Writing and Selling a Cookbook Is an Inside Job
Episode 32 l Writing and Selling a Cookbook Is an Inside Job

Today on the podcast I share my thoughts on selling cookbooks, and even more than that with it takes to write and sell a cookbook. Behind every cookbook we own, read, write, or cook from there is a writer. A writer who has a message to share. In order to become a cookbook author, they had to become a cookbook writer first. And I see that there are a few hurdles this writer has to jump before they have a finished book. So, today, we’ll talk about these four hurdles, what they are and how we can hurdle them if we want to become a cookbook writer.

I also invite you to my upcoming free cookbook writing masterclass where I will share 7 Insider Tip about Writing a Cookbook That Agents and Publishers Might Not Tell You (Because Most of Them Have Never Written A Cookbook).  Following this masterclass with you will be able to list the 7 insider tips as well as describe my Everyday Encounter System that I teach in the Cookbook Writers Academy that guides dietitians, moms, bakers, and cooks on their journey to become confident cookbook writers. Register for the masterclass here.

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Episode 31 l Interview with Cookbook Collector and Owner of Tablespoon Cooking Co. Jordan Hamons
Episode 31 l Interview with Cookbook Collector and Owner of Tablespoon Cooking Co. Jordan Hamons

Today on the podcast I feature an interview with Jordan Hamons. Jordan is the owner of Tablespoon Cooking Co. at the historic Findlay Market in Cincinnati, OH. Tablespoon Cooking Co. teaches home cooks how to cook good food through hands-on classes and private events.  Jordan is a cookbook collector and has been reading and using cookbooks since a very young age. In this episode, we talk about Jordan’s introduction to cookbooks with her father’s travel to New Orleans, how cookbooks were used at her various jobs, and about her monthly cookbook club at Tablespoon Cooking Co. In her spare time Jordan loves to travel –and if not by plane, by cookbook,  learning international cooking techniques and sampling food from around the globe.

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(Because Most of Them Have Never Written A Cookbook)

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Episode 30 l Interview with Cookbook Collector and Full-time Traveler Melissa Bottorff-Arey
Episode 30 l Interview with Cookbook Collector and Full-time Traveler Melissa Bottorff-Arey

Today on the podcast I excited to offer this interview with Melissa Bottoroff-Arey. Melissa is the Founder of Cultivated Journey. Melissa and her husband are full-time travelers. They live and work from their motor home while traveling in the United States. Melissa has a passion for farm-to-table cuisine and teaching other travelers how they can eat local and seasonal in every community they pass through. Melissa as a cookbook collector had to purge her collection when they decided to travel full-time, as well as her experiences with cookbooks as an industry-trained chef, and cooking meals for family and friends in her motor home. We also discuss Melissa’s desire to write a cookbook and start a cookbook club for full-time travelers.

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Episode 29 l Interview with Cookbook Collector, Baker, and Writer Jeremiah Duarte Bills
Episode 29 l Interview with Cookbook Collector, Baker, and Writer Jeremiah Duarte Bills

Today on the podcast I excited to offer this interview with Jeremiah Duarte Bills. Jeremiah will tell you that he comes from a dessert-obsessed family. Growing up close to his grandparents and their Portuguese heritage, he began baking in college to connect to his Portuguese roots. After his first trip to Portugal, he fell in love with the country’s dessert and baking traditions. As a self-taught baker, Jeremiah appeared on ABC’s 2016 The Great American Baking Show where he baked many Portuguese recipes. This experience connected him to people all over the world who are hungry to learn about Portuguese dessert recipes. Jeremiah is the co-host of the popular baking podcast FLOUR HOUR, is writing a Portuguese Dessert cookbook, and teaches baking classes out of his home. Jeremiah’s background is in music. He attended the world-famous Juilliard School and performed as an orchestral flutist all over the world. He lives in Sacramento, California where he keeps bees, teaches aspiring flute and piano students, and of course, bakes.

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Episode 27 l Trends in Home Cooking
Episode 27 l Trends in Home Cooking

In this 27th episode of the podcast, I celebrate my first 6 months of podcasting with a look at a few trends I see my favorite topic for cooking – home cooking. As a registered dietitian and dedicated home cook, I pay attention to what people are eating and cooking. Here’s my take on what’s going on in the world of home-cooking.

  1. Most everyone is on a diet or following a restricted way of eating. This puts us in a group of people who are eating different ways. This could be because of allergies, intolerances, restrictions for dietary reasons, weight loss or trendy ways of eating.
  2. Technology influence on what we eat and cook. Food photography influences how we think food should look and can be discouraging if our meals don’t turn out photo-worthy. Technology also influences the way we shop for our food with online ordering, delivery, and sourcing local ingredients.
  3. Home cooking is a commitment to a process. Being a dedicated home cook requires attention to the steps of the process.
    • Planning meals is the first part of the process. I believe that cooks who plan their meals shop differently than those who prepare their meals at home but don’t plan.
    • The actual food preparation is the next steps. Cooks either cook the meal when it’s eaten or they do “meal prep” on the weekend or ahead of time is a trend in home cooking where ingredients are prepped ahead of time, or recipes are prepared ahead of time.
    • Then, sitting down and eating the meal together is part of the process. A cook can struggle to get a child or “picky eater” to eat what they cook, and they may modify what they cook based on “no one eats what I cook”. I recommend Ellen Satter’s book How to Get Your Kid To Eat But Not Too Much for the division of responsibility that states, parents are responsible for what their kids eat, a child is responsible for how much they eat.
    • Cleaning up after a meal is required by someone after the meal is over. This is a good chance for others to pitch in and help in the process of cooking.
  4. The concept of a stocked pantry is helpful if a cook knows they have on hand what they need to prepare and cook meals.
  5. A resurgence in a DIY movement is expanding our interest in fermentation, making cheese, yogurt, beer, kimchee, sauerkraut, and sourdough bread.
  6. Focus on snacks and smaller more frequent meals rather than larger meals.
  7. Influence of countertop appliances in how we are cooking such as the instant pot, rice cooker, hot pot, panini press, or air fryer.
  8. (On the podcast I said this was 10, but it’s actually 8)  In cookbooks, authors offer the opportunity to help transform the cookbook user into a better cook or a more experienced cook. Improving cooking skills takes practice, and to me, that’s what cooking every night is – practice!

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Episode 26 l Do Cookbooks Need Stories? with Maggie Green
Episode 26 l Do Cookbooks Need Stories? with Maggie Green

Hello and welcome back to another Episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast and today I am talking about cookbook stories. When I interview cookbook readers, buyers, collectors, and clubs on my podcast, Cookbook Love, I like to ask their favorite feature in a cookbook. So many say they love stories. So this brings me to the question of stories, and recipes, and do the two belong together in cookbooks? Are cookbooks mere instruction manuals, or do they do more for us?

The stories we tell about our lives, kitchens, meals, and cooking are important. It helps people see themselves in us and offers a place to connect outside of the recipes. This is also true for the stories we share about others. Their traditions, meals, communities, and cultures have a place in the discussion of food and cooking.

Here are a few things to consider:

1. Many cookbooks contain stories and are constructed of stories: A good example of this type of cookbook/book is Amy Zaring’s Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods. This book is all about stories of refugees, in their kitchens, cooking their foods from home.  

But cookbooks aren’t always instruction manuals. Often, they tell deeper stories of the dish, whether its the history of the ingredients or the way the author came to the recipe.If you love that depth, you may enjoy this list of  8 Cookbooks You Can Read Like Books. This list validates the love for a story around food and cooking.

2. Many cookbooks don’t contain stories and are instruction manuals – but as in The Food Lab – the narrative and the book itself is a place for J. Kenji Lopez-Alt to tell about his experiments with food and cooking in the kitchen in long form.  And the popularity of Betty Crocker and Better Homes and Gardens Cookbooks over the year are cookbooks without a story, backed by corporate test kitchens, although Betty Crocker was given a fictitious face and persona to make readers and buyers think a person was behind the book.

3. Some don’t like the story, they just want recipes and for some, in particular, when searching for recipes on blogs, the stories annoy as described in the piece in Slate magazine.

4. Agents do love the story part, it’s what sets you apart. I’ve had agents tell my clients this.  Julia Turshen talks in this Eater piece, with Nik Sharma about voice, and how this was something their editor desired for their books.  

So it seems that the desire for stories is a little bit all over the place, from story-heavy to no stories. So where does this leave a cookbook writer? I still recommend to new cookbook writers that they include stories in their work.

First, to write stories is good practice. Tell a story and share a recipe. Tell a story and share a recipe. Practice, practice, practice. Writing practice of this sort leads us down the path

Episode 25 l What’s on the Cookbook Horizon in 2019 with Jenny Hartin of The Cookbook Junkies and Publicity Director for Eat Your Books
Episode 25 l What’s on the Cookbook Horizon in 2019 with Jenny Hartin of The Cookbook Junkies and Publicity Director for Eat Your Books

Today is a jam-packed episode as I welcome back for her 2nd interview, Jenny Hartin, of The Cookbook Junkies and publicity director for Eat Your Books.  Today in our conversation, Jenny and I discuss what’s on the horizon for cookbooks in 2019 and new books Jenny’s excited about including Gnocchi Solo Gnocchi and The New Pie. We also discuss the work done by Eat Your Books in their Best of the best cookbooks list for 2018, as well as the upcoming reprint of the classic dessert cookbook The Last Course by Claudia Fleming, pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern. The Last Course, as a used book commands over $80/copy, so the new revision is highly anticipated as a way to access this classic book at a lower price point. Jenny and I also discuss cookbook award programs, including how books are submitted to these awards, and how the books are judged, and the method that Eat Your Books uses to look at book sales for their yearly cookbook popularity lists. One last topic we discuss is an article in the Washington Post about Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines. This book sold over 1M copies but didn’t make the “Best of 2018” list published by WashPo. How does this happen that over 1M people buy the book, and presumably like the book, but the WashPo doesn’t give it any kudos on their lists?

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Gourmand Book Awards

IACP Cookbook Awards

James Beard Cookbook Awards

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Episode 24 l What is a recipe headnote and why do they matter with Maggie Green
Episode 24 l What is a recipe headnote and why do they matter with Maggie Green

Today on the podcast I talk about recipe headnotes. Recipe headnotes are an optional part of a recipe and their appearance determined by the recipe-writing style of the author or the publisher. (To learn more about recipe-writing style you may enjoy listening to Episode 11). But, for many of the reasons I’ll discuss today, cookbook lovers and cooks in general love recipe headnotes. They add personality and liven up the writing in a cookbook. It’s up to an author if they want to use headnotes in their cookbook, as well as what information an author wants to include in a headnote, but there are many items that can be covered with a recipe headnote:

  1. Introduces a recipe
  2. Draws the reader into the recipe
  3. Lends personality to the recipe
  4. Alerts the cook to special ingredients or techniques
  5. Provides tips on preparation or presentation
  6. Acknowledges a source of recipe inspiration or gives attribution
  7. Gives recipe history or origin
  8. Helps the cook envision the dish
  9. Provides serving tips
  10. Discusses ingredients in the recipe

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Episode 23 l Why People Write Cookbooks and Who They Write Them For with Maggie Green
Episode 23 l Why People Write Cookbooks and Who They Write Them For with Maggie Green

Welcome back to another episode of the podcast. As we know cookbooks come in all shapes, sizes, formats, and publication routes. Today on this solo show episode of the podcast, I discuss why people write cookbooks and who they write them for. Chefs, dietitians, bakers, and cooks may have a desire to write a cookbook, but they each have their own reasons for wanting to do so. The reasons may include to share expertise, impart knowledge, teach a skill, inform about a cuisine, promote a business, and many more.

As a cookbook collector, it’s sometimes fun to think about why an author wrote his or her book and to try to identify the audience for the book. While the reasons to write are varied, and an audience diverse, I believe that it’s important to remember that the judgement of a cookbook, in the end, belongs to the reader and user, as they answer the question if the author delivered on his or her promise of the book.

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Episode 22 l 5 Myths About Writing a Cookbook with Maggie Green
Episode 22 l 5 Myths About Writing a Cookbook with Maggie Green

Welcome back to another episode of the podcast. I based today’s episode on a blog post where I covered what I consider to be the myths many believe about cookbook writing projects. My goal is to fan a spark of cookbook writing interest into a flame if you want to write a cookbook, but perhaps believed any of these myths. Tune into the podcast to hear more about each myth and how an aspiring cookbook writer can use these myths to their advantage and get started on a cookbook project of their own.

Myth #1: I need to have a successful food blog before I write a cookbook.

Myth #2: I cannot write a book because someone has already written about my topic.

Myth #3: I must have my cookbook published by a major publisher.

Myth #4: I do not know enough to write a cookbook.

Myth #5: I need to know how to photograph food and design my own book pages before I write a cookbook.

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Episode 21 l Interview with Cookbook Collector and co-author of The Book Club
Episode 21 l Interview with Cookbook Collector and co-author of The Book Club

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today on the podcast, I’m featuring an interview Cookbook Collector and author of The Book Club CookBook Judy Gelman. This is a unique episode for the podcast in that I haven’t to this date interviewed a traditionally published cookbook author. The goal of the podcast is to talk to and share stories with cookbook readers, buyers, collectors, and clubs, and so far for the first 20 episodes, I’ve done just that. But the book I feature today intrigued me, so I reached out to coauthors of the BookClub Cookbook Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp about an interview. The Book Club CookBook explores the connection between books and food in own book clubs. Judy and Vicky, we were both intrigued by the idea of pairing books and food, and they found that food and cooking is often a fun and interesting part of book club meetings. In this interview, Judy and I discuss her tips of starting a book club, finding an agent for a cookbook project, and her mid-century cookbook collection, inspired by her work on The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.

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Episode 20 l Interview with Ridgewood Public Library Librarian and The Cookbook Club Organizer Lisa Trent
Episode 20 l Interview with Ridgewood Public Library Librarian and The Cookbook Club Organizer Lisa Trent

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today on the podcast I have a fun interview with Lisa Trent. Lisa lives in NJ and works at the Ridgewood Public Library. At the library, Lisa organizes and maintains The Cookbook Club. The Cookbook Club meets about once a month on Wednesdays. Lisa chooses a cookbook, and then after registering for the event, Lisa obtain copies of the cookbook from their own collection, or on intra-library loan. On the night of the club, registrants prepare a recipe from the book, gather to sample the food, and discuss the cookbook. In this interview, Lisa also discusses how the library “weeds” out cookbooks from their collection, sells used cookbooks to their patrons, and her thoughts on trends in cookbooks from her work in the library.

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Instagram @cookbookclub_rpl

Facebook Cookbook Club at Ridgewood Public Library

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Episode 19 l Interview with Cookbook Club Member and Collector Laurie Bakke
Episode 19 l Interview with Cookbook Club Member and Collector Laurie Bakke

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today I feature our first interview for 2019 with Laurie Bakke. Laurie lives in Hendersonville, NC, a city about 30 miles south of Ashville. It’s safe to say that Laurie’s life has been immersed in food, cooking, and cookbooks. Laurie’s mother, a self-taught cook with a garden, inspired Laurie’s career in fresh and flavorful cooking. After graduation from culinary school and a stent at Highland Lake Inn, where Laurie cooked from the inn’s organic garden, Laurie ventured into a world of fresh, seasonal cooking where she ran the show. Laurie opened her own cafe, Cafe Laurie, and then a  kitchen store and wine cellar, Sage Gourmet. As you will hear Laurie say in our interview, anyone can make food taste good with cream and butter, but in her cafe and the subsequent wine dinners at the shop, Laurie leaned on her love of from scratch cooking with, fresh seasonal ingredients, and her cookbook collection, to inform her menus, soups, salads, hot entrees, and desserts. In fact, when Laurie sold Cafe Laurie, she left some of her cookbooks behind for the next owners. Laurie has since self-published her own cookbook and tends to her cookbook collection of over 1000 cookbooks. Laurie loves cookbooks to keep up with cutting-edge ingredients and techniques, to plot her next cookbook club meeting for the Adventure Cooks, and or for her next cookbook writing project.

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Things We Mention In This Episode:

Things We Mention In This Episode:

The Food Lovers Guide to Wine

What to Drink with What You Eat

Perfect Pairings

Wine Bites

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Episode 18 l 7 Steps to Become a Cookbook Writer with Maggie Green
Episode 18 l 7 Steps to Become a Cookbook Writer with Maggie Green

Happy New Year and welcome to our first episode of 2019. For me and my business 2019 is all about transforming cooks and bakers into confident cookbook writers. Becoming a cookbook writer is a process of encountering ourselves, our time, and others. Enjoy this episode where I share my 7 Steps to Becoming a Cookbook Writer and an invitation to become a founding member of the Cookbook Writers Academy.

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Episode 17 l Interview with Cookbook Collector and Food Librarian Sara Bir
Episode 17 l Interview with Cookbook Collector and Food Librarian Sara Bir

Welcome to another episode of The Cookbook Love Podcast. And I’m excited today interview Cookbook Collector and Food Librarian Sara Bir. Sara’s love of cookbooks started at an early age with her interaction with her Mom’s copy of Better Home and Garden’s and Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book. Sara’s love for cookbook’s grew when she worked as a paige and at the circulation desk at her local public library. Now as a food writer and cookbook author, Sara uses a variety of online resources and databases that are most likely of interest to all cookbook collectors who also love to read about food history, the evolution of cooking, and TK.

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Things We Mention In This Episode:

  • Culinary Pamphlets Online:
    A small but fun collection of promotional recipe pamphlets from the 1930s-1960s. Shortening, for some reason, is very heavily represented here.
    https://culinarypamphletsonline.omeka.net/items/browse
    https://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/index.cfm

    Food Timeline:

    An interactive timeline of the history of food on earth. The interface is very basic, but the scope is massive. Think of it as a food encyclopedia, in timeline form. It’s also very searchable without even looking at the timeline. Librarian Lynne Oliver runs this, using a lot of her own cookbook and cookery book collection.

    www.foodtimeline.org

    JSTOR:

    Thousands of full-text academic journals, papers, magazines, and books. This one leans more toward heavy-duty research; I used it a lot when writing my book “The Fruit Forager’s Companion.”

    Of the resources here, this is the only one behind a paywall. It is possible, if not probable, that you can log in to it for free using your public or college library card. Just call your library and ask–they’ll wak you through it.

    New York Public Library Buttolph Collection of Menus:

    Tens of thousands of restaurant menus collected by a slightly eccentric New Yorker. No recipes here, of course, but looking at menus tells us a lot about how people ate when they didn’t eat at home, and who ate out in the first place (these menus tend to be from restaurants for the well-heeled).

    NYU’s Early American Cookbooks:

    Full-text cookbooks in a very easily browsable format. Choice title: “The Bachelor and the Chafing Dish” from 1896. Most of the books here were written for homemakers, though–presumably women. They also have a lot of infographics illustrating how recipe writing in America has evolved between 1800 and 1920.
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