7,000 Online Cookbooks

Love antique cookbooks? (And you will after you read a few!) Now the best of the best are online! All 7,000!

The Michigan State University Library and the MSU Museum have partnered to create an online collection of 7,000 antique cookbooks, of some of the most influential and important American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century.

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

Also, for anyone interested in antique cookbooks, try to catch a re-run of The Secret life of Mrs. Beeton, a fascinating tale set in England, mid-1800’s, about the brief, but fruitful life of Isabella Beeton, author and editor of “Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management”, still a familiar name to Englanders.

Mrs. Beeton reformatted recipes, placing them in the order with which we are familiar with them today – ingredients listed first, following by directions, rather than the jumble which frustrated Mrs. Beeton,

“In this book I have attempted to give, under the chapters devoted to cookery, an intelligible arrangement to every recipe, a list of the ingredients, a plain statement of the mode of preparing each dish, and a careful estimate of its cost, the number of people for whom it is sufficient, and the time when it is seasonable.”

“Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management” is available, in its entirety online: http://www.mrsbeeton.com/00-preface1.html