From Knox Gelatine: Desserts, Salads, Candies and Frozen Dishes, c.1936
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This site includes a variety of culinary, food, foodways, and food culture history resources you can find at Special Collections, throughout the Virginia Tech University Libraries, and online through other academic and research institutions. You'll also find a list of other academic and research organizations with significant physical collections. There might even be one near you!
If you have questions about the collection, locating resources, need help with a project, or just want to find a historic recipe for fun, feel free to contact me.
Virginia Tech University Libraries is home to a history of food & drink collecting area of more than 4,600 books and publications, as well as more than 75 manuscript collections. The majority of this collection is housed in Special Collections. The history of food & drink materials covers a variety of subjects and topics. Specific subsets of this collecting area include:
More broadly speaking, in addition to sharing 350 years of recipes and cookbooks, the history of food & drink collecting area also helps document early American cookery, southern cookery, social history, household management, home remedies, domestic economy/economy history, dietetics/nutrition, customs and eating habits, food processing/preservation, and eating/cooking in wartime. You can read more about the History of Food & Drink materials on our website.
This slideshow is from a 2012 presentation to library staff about the History of Food & Drink materials. It contains images from a wide range of publications and manuscripts. Although it is not comprehensive, it is a nice cross-section of the kinds of materials we have available for you.