Adopted Books


Adopted Books
Title page of Natural history of the American lobster

Natural history of the American lobster

By Francis Hobart Herrick. Washington: Govt. Print. Off, 1911.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Museum Support Center Library

Francis Hobart Herrick (1858-194) was a professor of biology, illustrator, and author who focused his research on shellfish and wild birds. However, Herrick’s primary passion centered on the lobster. Rich in illustrations and charts, Natural History of the American Lobster (1911) examines topics such as the natural history and development of the lobster along with its habits, natural enemies, anatomy, and physiology.

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Charles and Candace Cowan . View Bookplate
The broken cover and text block of Mary Henderson's cook book

Practical cooking and dinner giving

By Mary F. Henderson. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1877, c1876.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

This well-used volume, in its original gold-decorated publisher's binding, provides the reader with simple rules to cook and present meals. In its preface it states: "The aim of this book is to indicate how to serve dishes, and to entertain company at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as to give cooking receipts. Too many receipts are avoided, although quite enough are furnished for any practical cook-book."  Many illustrations (beautiful nineteenth-century wood engravings) embellish the text and make it easier to follow instructions; the frontispiece image shows the exact way of...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by John H. Dick . View Bookplate
Cover of "Applications of aerospace technology in industry"

Applications of aerospace technology in industry

By Abt Associates. Technology Management Group.. Cambridge, Mass.: Technology Management Group, ABT Associates; Springfield, Va. : available from National Technical Information Service, 1971.
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Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

Prepared in 1971 by NASA's Technology Utilization Office during the Apollo missions period, this study is an overview of NASA's ongoing work on food preservation technologies related to nutrition and preservation and their real and potential impact on the consumer food industry.  Unsurprisingly, NASA has extremely rigid requirements for food preparation and storage; if it's going to travel to space, it has to be done correctly.  These regulations have provided new and improved options for processing, preserving, and sterilizing food for consumption here on Earth, as well as new, in-depth...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Katherine Neville . View Bookplate
The detached cover and the title page of MacKenzie's "Five thousand receipts"

Five thousand receipts in all the useful and domestic arts

By Colin MacKenzie. Philadelphia: J.J. Woodward, 1829.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

In an era before industrialization and mass-production, when every home has to make its own materials for daily life, this book of household recipes covers just about everything: as the lengthy title tells us, it ranges from the basics of cooking, preserving foods, and distilling, through practical matters such as medicines, tanning, horse-shoeing, and even metallurgy, to the finer arts of water-colors, oil painting, and enamelling.  The work was enormously successful, first in England (published in 1823) and even more so its adaptation for the United States, with more than 25 editions of...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Stephen C. Koval and Celeste M. Sant'Angelo . View Bookplate
Colorful cover of the cookbook featuring bright illustrations of traditional foods.

An African American cookbook

By Phoebe Bailey, with the assistance of Christina G. Johnson and Kesha M. Morant. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2002.
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Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

This square shaped cookbook is part of the Remembering the Underground Railroad series. It serves as an important reference book because the recipes it contains are timeless resources of historic data. Each chapter is creatively named after an African American church hymn. Examples include: Wade in the Water, Steal Away, Swing Low, and We are Climbing Jacobs Ladder. Attendees of African American churches know about the important tradition of meeting and eating that goes on there. Mealtimes can be very spiritual. Both food and religion are interwoven in this book. This masterpiece is a mouth...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Linda and Jay Freedman In honor of Nancy E. Gwinn. View Bookplate
Cover of Baker's best chocolate recipes

Baker's best chocolate recipes

Dorcester, Mass: Walter Baker & Co, 1932.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Baker's Chocolate in Dorcester, Massachusetts was in business more than 150 years before Baker's best chocolate recipes was published.  Baker's became a division of General Mills in 1927, and this booklet published in 1932 offers to its customers a history of the company as well as an armchair history of chocolate as the "food of the gods."  There are a slew of classic chocolate baked goods in here.  What baby boomer didn't have a grandmother that made fudge with nut meats?  Based on the condition of this cookbook, this may well be where your grandmother got the recipe.  But, even...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Linda and Jay Freedman In honor of Courteney Freedman Monroe. View Bookplate
Cover of Adventures in good eating

Adventures in good eating

Bowling Green, Ky: Adventures in Good Eating, ©1946.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Duncan Hines was neither a baker nor a cook. He was a traveling salesman who ate out a lot. One year with their Christmas card, he and his wife Florence sent out a list of over 100 of their favorite eating establishments. The list was later formally published in 1935 and grew into one of the most respected and used travel guides in the United States. This edition, published in 1946, includes a section recommending domestic wines as alternatives to the post-war European wine shortage in America. Californian wine-greats Paul Masson and Inglenook Vineyards are recommended. DC restarants within...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Linda and Jay Freedman In honor of Spencer Freedman. View Bookplate
Cover of The Book of Rarer Vegetables

The book of rarer vegetables

By George Wythes and Harry Roberts. New York, London: J. Lane company, 1906.
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Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

The Botany and Horticulture Library holds many books from this series.  The book of rarer vegetables explains how to cook vegetables that are not “necessarily rare” but that the authors considered to be under-value and under-used in Great Britain at the time.  The book features common vegetables we eat today such as Peppers or Capsicum (as described in the book) and others that are not so common, even today, such as Dandelions and Golden Thistle.  The book explains the best methods of cultivation and describes the ways in which the several vegetables should be cooked and dressed...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Linda and Jay Freedman In honor of Sophia Conroy. View Bookplate
Cover of Survival on land and sea

Survival on land and sea

Washington, D.C. : Publications Branch, Office of Naval Intelligence, United States Navy, 1944.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This pocket-sized, waterproof booklet was created by Smithsonian scientists for soldiers and airmen in the Pacific to carry  with them during World War II.  It details survival information for stranded servicemen, including how to navigate without instruments, abandon ship, start fires, find water, build shelter, and identify edible and dangerous plants and animals in the tropics, the arctic and the desert.  Over 1 million booklets were distributed by the end of the war, and potentially saved numerous lives. 

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Linda and Jay Freedman In honor of Harry (Joe) Monroe III and Harry (Mike) Monroe IV. View Bookplate
Frontispiece and title page of The American Woman's Home

The American woman's home

By Catharine Esther Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe. New York: J.B. Ford and Company; Boston, H.A. Brown & Co.; [etc., etc.], 1869.
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Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

Dedicated "To the women of America, in whose hands rest the real destinies of the Republic". The Beecher sisters were pioneers in scientific kitchen planning, recommending a specific work area for preparation and cleanup as well as all the ideas taken for granted in the modern kitchens of today. The sisters anticipated the serventless household and concentrated on teaching contemporary homemakers how to cope with newly invented ranges, stoves, refrigerators, and other utensils and gadgets. With other chapters such as Economy Of Time And Expenses, The Propagation Of Plants, and Domestic...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Stephen H. Van Dyk In honor of Lois and Raymond Chapman. View Bookplate