Utah State University Digital History Collections


Cookery and Culture Digital Collection


Document Type

Digital Collection


Merrill-Cazier Library


Food and cooking are human universals -- we are what we eat and how we cook it. Cookbooks, then, are more than just how-to books; they can be guidebooks and storybooks, helping us understand other cultures and times. The digitized historical cookbooks in this collection date from the 1700s to the 1900s. Mostly American and British, they contain not only recipes, but also elegant engravings of table settings and cooking paraphernalia, home remedies and cure-all tonics, instructions on managing servants, and more. In short, these gastronomical treasures reveal much about the societies and economic times that created them.