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MCS326 The Material Culture of Food (Winter 2024)

Historical Newspapers

Digital Collections

  • Bloomsbury Food Library: Combining original content from Bloomsbury and licensed content from partner publishers with specially-commissioned research and learning tools and image collections from eminent institutions, Bloomsbury Food Library is the one-stop-shop for anyone studying or working in the field. The rich and unique collection of research and teaching material reflects the interdisciplinary nature of this growing subject.


  • Food Studies Online: is a first-of-its-kind database, bringing together rare and hard-to-find archival content with visual ephemera, text, and video. Food studies is a relatively new field of study, and its importance is felt in many major disciplines. It has social, historical, economic, cultural, religious, and political implications that reach far beyond what is consumed at the dinner table. Food Studies Online includes 100,000 pages of primary archival materials, images, and secondary works, plus 110 hours of documentaries and series.


  • Food and Drink in History: This resource aims to represent a range of key food and drink history stories from the evolution of food within everyday life to haute cuisine, charting key issues around agriculture and food production, and looking into advertising histories of key food and drink brands. The materials in this collection illustrate the deep links between food and identity, politics, power, gender, race, and socio-economic status.


  • Food history : printed and manuscript recipe books, 1669-1990: From the Winterthur Museum and Library in Delaware, 328 cookbooks and domestic management books range in publication date from Charles Carter's The Complete Practical Cook, published in London in 1730, to Susan Anna Brown's Mrs. Gilpin's frugalities: remnants, and 200 ways of using them, published New York in 1883, to Ruth Ellen Church's Mary Meade's magic recipes for the electric blender, published in Indianapolis in 1952. 

Women's History