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Food History at the Rubenstein Library

Featured Collections and Papers Related to Food

The John Hope Franklin Research Center’s diverse holding touch upon food culture in equally diverse ways. Prominent themes include religious observance, tenant farming in the United States, and Africa-based humanitarian projects related to World Food Day.

The Book of Household Management, 1901

The Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton is a fascinating source not only for its large number of recipes, but also for its color advertisements for products such as Bird's Custard Powder and Milkmaid Milk. Also of note are large, richly colored cookery plates featuring dishes and table settings.

Food and Community

Found in the Sherard Plantation Tenant Farmer Appreciation Ceremony Scrapbook, 1937-1950, this image depicts a young girl enjoying the 1950 celebration through food and drink.