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Cover of The Wonder book of good meals

The Wonder book of good meals

New York: Continental Baking Co, c1934.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

"The only bread baked at the Chicago World's Fair," Wonder Bakery was the first major company to adapt commerical bread slicers.  Imagine the "wonder" that was inspired when they exhibited at the Chicago World's Fair in 1934 just a few short years after the slicers were invented.  The exhibition baked, sliced, and packaged bread on the spot.  The Wonder book of good meals: World's Fair Edition was given out as a keepsake/advertisement to fairgoers.  It includes recipes for every course, as well as defining "whitchery", the art of making sandwiches.  Incidentally, the Smithsonian National...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Dianne and Malcolm Niedner In honor of Dr. Cheryl Ganz. View Bookplate
Title page to Fruits and Fruit Trees of America

The fruits and fruit trees of America

By A. J. Downing, revised and corrected by Charles Downing. New York, New York: John Wiley, 1863.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

First published in 1845, A. J. Downing's Fruits and Fruit Trees of America became the most influential of books about growing fruit trees and went through several editions, even after Downing untimely death in 1852.  The book discusses orchard design from both practical and esthetic standpoints, detailing information on planting schemes, grafting techniques, and pest control.  Downing lists more than 185 apple and 230 pear cultivars - the majority first grown in America - and classifies them by best eating season.  A.J. Downing is considered the father of America’s landscape architecture...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Louis R. Hughes In honor of Luis Marmol. View Bookplate
Cover of Mueller's Bibliographie des Kaffee...

Bibliographie des Kaffee, des Kakao, der Schokolade, des Tee

By Wolf Mueller. Bad Bocklet: W. Krieg, 1960.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This bibliography on coffee, cacao, chocolate, and tea documents the long history of interest in these stimulating and popular beverages and is part of the Cullman Library’s reference collection. Legend has it that coffee was discovered by a goat herder in the Ethiopian highlands who noticed that after eating the berries his goats would not go to sleep at night.  That story may not be in this bibliography but, from 16th-century herbals which first illustrated the plants to the rules of the Coffee Tavern Protection Society in 1889 (who knew?), this book has the subject covered.  Aside from...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Joe Starnes and Jacqueline Bowie In honor of David and Melanie Ballard. 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.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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
Cover of The Impoverished Students' Book of Cookery, Drinkery, & Housekeepery depicting a cauldron over a fire of burning books

The impoverished students book of cookery, drinkery, & housekeepery

By Jay F. Rosenberg. Portland, Or.: Reed College Alumni Association; Garden City, N.Y. : distributed by Double Day & Co., ©1965 [i.e. 1967].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Jay Rosenberg's The impoverished students' book of cookery, drinkery, & housekeepery is the epitome of survival guides for college students.  Rosenberg, a Reed College alumnus and Doctor of Philosophy divulges, among other things, sage advice in his "What-the-hell-do-you-do-with" Liver recipe, shares his family's recipe for Hungarian Chicken Paprikash where it is reckoned it goes "back to Adam and Eve who got it from the Angel with the Flaming Sword," and includes advice on home-brewing, budgets, and attractive wall-groupings.  Published first as a mimeographed cook-pamphlet in...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Susan Battley In honor of Edwin Battley. View Bookplate

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