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Appalachian Resources in Special Collections and University Archives: Food and Foodways

About Food and Foodways in Appalachia

In this section, you can find resources related to moonshine, traditional medicine, farm life, and food. Cookbooks that contain traditional recipes and methods of cooking can be found here.

Agriculture, shaped by the region's physical environment, has played a large role in the culture and history of Appalachia. Traditional Appalachian foods are a blend of dishes brought by the different cultural groups living in the region. Differences in recipes within the region often reflect immigration patterns. In the past, Appalachian food and cooking was a product of self-sufficiency and necessity. Today, like much of the United States, that has shifted due to mass commercialization. Due to the rural setting, the people of Appalachia often relied on folk remedies and traditional medicine that used local ingredients. 

This information and more can be found in the Encyclopedia of Appalachia and the resources below.

Click on the book or collection title to learn more about it.

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