America's Cookbooks from the late 18th to the early 20th Century

Antique and vintage cookbooks not only provide recipes but give us insights to what was going on in the home at the time and in some cases, present us with a whole new vocabulary to explore . For those of you who love to cook you will enjoy looking through the  online collection, "Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project".

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Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project


The Michigan State University Library and the MSU Museum have partnered to create an online collection of some of the most influential and important American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century. The goal of this project is to make these materials available to a wider audience.


Digital images of the pages of each cookbook are available as well as full-text transcriptions and the ability to search within the books, across the collection, in order to find specific information.



Looking for recipes? You may enjoy some of the recipes featured by the Detroit Free Press.
If these are not quite what you were looking for please see our 'Search the Collection' page for help in finding just the right one.


  • Video Tour : This video highlights some of the key items in the Cookery Collection as well as discusses the history of cook books in America. (Requires Real Player
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