Historic Cookbooks

A collection of historical cookbooks that give us a delicious peak into the past. Beyond recipes, many of them provide a code of conduct as well as describe how to use products commonly found in markets of the time.

click on the cookbook title to read the book online

Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome

ancient rome

By Joseph Dommers Vehling


The Standard Manual of Soda and Other Beverages for Druggists & Confectioners



By Emil Hiss, PH. G.

*This one is an exciting find because it contains recipes (using essential oils) for health concerns.

 A Dictionary and History of Cooking, Food and Beverage Terms

cooking dictionary


What’s Cooking America

The Great Western Cook Book


Angelina Maria Collins
New York: A.S. Barnes & Company, 1857

Grocers Encyclopedia

grocers encyclopedia

By Artemas Ward
New York, 1911

Hotel Keepers, Head Waiters, and Housekeepers’ Guide


By Tunis Gulic Campbell
Boston: Coolidge and Wiley, 1848

The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book


By Victor Hirtzler
Chicago Ill., The Hotel Monthly Press 1919

The Italian Cook Book


By Maria Gentile
New York: Italian Cook Book Co., 1919

The Mary Frances Cook Book


By Jane Eayre Fryer
Philadelphia, The John C. Winston Co., 1912

Science in the Kitchen


By Ella Eaton Kellogg
Chicago: Modern Medicine Publishing Co., 1893

The White House Cookbook

white house cookbook

By Mrs. F.L. Gillette


More Cookbooks from Michigan State University

The digital archive of America’s important and influential American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century.

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