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The Culinary Collection

66 Good, Old, Time-Tested Pennsylvania Dutch RecipesThroughout history, food has played an important and complex role in human society. The ways in which individuals and collective groups have prepared and consumed food reveals the many dimensions of human experience, both within and across cultures. The Special Collections and Archives' Culinary Collection holds more than 660 books and periodicals dating from 1839-1982 that provide a unique glimpse into the role of food in human society.

There are also a number of titles that discuss such topics as the history of cooking, diet, nutrition, etiquette, housekeeping, and home management. Changing gender roles, especially those of women, are demonstrated in several of the volumes, including The Housekeeper's Friend, published in 1889, or Gimbels Cook Book for the Busy Woman, published in 1932.

Those interested in studying different regions in the United States may enjoy looking through regional food resources, such as Mrs. John G. Carlisle's Kentucky Cook Book or The Yankee Cookbook: An Anthology of Incomparable Recipes from the Six New England States.

The collection also includes information about the ways in which nutrition has been viewed in the past, especially in titles such as The Horizon Cookbook and Illustrated History of Eating and Drinking through the Ages, dated 1968, or The Delectable Past: The Joys of the Table, from Rome to the Renaissance, from Queen Elizabeth I to Mrs. Beeton, the Menus, the Manners, and the Most Delectable Recipes of the Past, Masterfully Re-Created for Cooking and Enjoying Today.

Those studying disease or the history of medicine might find Invalid Cookery: A Manual of Recipes for the Preparation of Food for the Sick and Convalescent, published in 1880, of interest. Or, Housekeeping in Old Virginia, near the end of which is a section titled "The Sick-Room – Diet and Remedies for the Sick" where you'll find "For Whooping-Cough, Drop a fresh unbroken egg in lemon juice. When dissolved, sweeten and give a spoonful occasionally when the cough comes on."

If you're looking for something less academic, how about a yummy recipe from one of the many cookbooks, like Ann Pillsbury's Baking Book. Whether you're a scholar, a cook, a baker, or simply curious, the Culinary Collection is a treasure trove of delectable delight.

Page from The Yankee Cookbook, 1963
Page from The Yankee Cookbook, 1963
Page from The Delectable Past, 1964
Cover of Danish Food Cook Book, 1960
Page from The Delectable Past, 1964
Page from Housekeeping on Old Virginia, 1965
Page from Housekeeping on Old Virginia, 1965
Cover of Turkish Cooking, 1963
Page from Turkish Cooking, 1963
Table of Contents of Bacteria, Yeasts, and Molds in the Home, 1903
Cover of Common Sense in the Household, 1895
Page from Danish Food Cook Book, 1960
Page from Early California Hospitality, 1952
Page from Gimbels Cook Book for the Busy Woman, 1932
Page from The Housekeeper’s Friend, 1889
Cover of 66 Good Old Time Tested Pennsylvania Dutch Recipes, ca.1960
Page from The Inspection of Meat, 1890
Preface to Mrs. Gilpin's Frugalities, 1883

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