Culinary Arts Web Resources


Menu Collections

City College of San Francisco, Alice Statier Library Menu Collection
"The Alice Statier menu collection characterizes the culinary life of San Francisco and Northern California from 1920 to the present, but it also contains a large number of items from throughout the United States.

Cornell University, The Nestle Library, Menu Collection
"The Nestle Library collects menus from a wide variety of restaurants; everything from fine dining to quick service."

Historical Menu Collections, University of Washington Libraries
"This collection represents menus, placements, and other graphic materials from many of the Puget Sound area's most famous restaurants and dining facilities in the years between 1889 and 2003.

Los Angeles Public Library Menu Collection
"This is a database of menus stored in the Rare Book Room of the Central Library.  Images of the actual menus are being added.  To limit your search to entries with images, enter an asterisk (*) in the Image Field in addition to your other search terms."

Menu Collection of the New York Public Library
"The New York Public Library owns one of the largest historical collections of menus in the world.  Begun by a donation from Miss Frank E. Buttolph, the strongest for the period in her collection is between 1890 and 1920.  The Menu Collection consists of the Buttolph Collection, menus from the 1890's to 1924, bound volumes of Fifth Avenue Hotel Bills of Fare from1859-1882, the Bendiner collection of decorated meus, and other materials.  The Menu Collection is arranged by year."


Historic Source Materials on American and World Baking
Online bibliography compiled by the American Institue of Baking.

World Food Habits Bibliography:  Resources for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
Extensive interdisciplinary bibliography of world food habits.  Arranged by region and topic (e.g. archaeological studies, cannibalism, malnutrition, non-human primates).

General Websites

CIA Culinary Intelligence
The Culinary Institute of America site features recipes and culinary videos on their blog.

Advertising Cookbooks at Duke University
Digital collection of 82 advertising cookbooks from the Nicole Di Bona Peterson College of Advertising Cookbooks, 1878-1929, Duke University.  "Advertising cookbooks are a means for food companies and appliance manufacturers to promote the use of their products by providing recipes and home hints.  Whereas early examples often are simple and printed in black and white, later booklets increasingly were attractively printed with color art or photographs.  Advertising cookbooks provide information about American foodways, kitchen technology, gender roles in the household, and much more."

Culinary Historians of Boston
"The oldest circle of culinary historians in the U.S., its members include academic, chefs, writers, food professionals, and hobby cooks, as well as students of cuisine, women's studies, history (ancient, medieval, and modern), agriculture and politics.

Culinary History Research Guide, New York Public Library
"The field of food and cookery has always held a strong interest for the New York Public Library.  The retrospective collection on gastronomy and the history of foods is unusually extensive, and the cookbook collection alone numbers well over 16,000 volumes.  From the beginning, the Library has sought out culinary materials from all regions of the country, and from all parts of the world, in all the languages in which it collects."

Features thousands of recipes and menus.  Recipes can be browsed by dietary consideration, meal, course, type of dish, season/occasion, preparation method, main ingredient, etc.

Food in the Library
Food blog maintained by a librarian, with links to online culinary exhibits and food studies research guides.

Food Poison Journal:  Surveillance and Analysis on Food Poison News & Outbreaks
"The food poisoning blog supplements Marler Clark's Web site, a site that provides information about food poisoning, and seven of the most common causes of foodborne illness. Information includes the symptoms and risks of infection, testing/detection of foodborne illness, and how to prevent food poisoning outbreaks."

Food Policy Institute, Rutgers University
"The Food Policy Institute (FPI) is an academic research unit of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, that addresses food policy issues.  Our mission is to bring the depth of academia's knowledge to bear on pressing issues and challenges facing the food system by providing timely and relevant research that is responsive to the needs of government, industry and the consumer."

Napa Valley Cooking School
"Located in the heart of the California’s Wine Country, the Napa Valley Cooking School offers high quality, intensive training for aspiring chefs.  The goal of the program is to provide each student with hands-on, quality, culinary and pastry skills required for a career in a fine-dining establishment."

Texas Women's University Cookbook Collection
"From abundance to diets, from prohibition to war, TWU's collection of cookbooks richly illustrates decades of America's changing relationship with food.  It contains 15,000 books, 3500 vendor's pamphlets, recipe books deating from 1624, conduct manuals, and menus from around the world."

Calumet Baking Power ca 1920s

Dr. D. Jayne & Sons (ca 1917) from
the  Advertising Cookbooks Digital
Collection at  Duke University

 Maxwell House Coffee Ad

The Story of Coffee and How to
Make It  (ca 1925) from the
Advertising Cookbooks Digital
Collection at Duke University

Jello Advertisement
Jell-O America's Most Famous
Dessert, Genesee Pur Food Co.
(ca 1910) from the Advertising
Cookbooks Digital Collection at
Duke University Libraries