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Cookbooks and Food History: Secondary sources

Cookbooks are a valuable resource for studying social history, ethnic traditions, folk medicine, and gender studies - and of course, culinary history!

20th century gems from the MSU cookbook collection

Book cover Jean Lupoiu, Cocktails

Book cover South American Cook Book

Book cover Blondie's Soups, Salads, Sandwiches

Book cover The Perfect Hostess

Book cover - Coffee and Waffles cookbook

Book cover Memphis cookbook

Finding Articles

Food history is an interdisciplinary subject, with publications spread across the fields of anthropology, sociology, ethnic studies, social history, area studies, and more. For the widest coverage, use SearchPlus, the library's multidisciplinary search tool.

  • One search covers library databases and the library catalog
  • Books, articles, newspapers, and multimedia on any topic
  • Filter by language, date, content type, and more
  • Connect easily to online full text sources
  • Save citations in a choice of  six styles

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