Welcome to Carolina’s ever-expanding library! Here you’ll find all the historic
cookbooks (all facsimiles) that I own. I’ll also share the books I have about
cooking in past centuries, as well as those covering other aspects, be it basic
food history, general history of time or place, social customs, furnishings and
artifacts, or whatever. I’m always finding another book to add. Not to mention
new ones are constantly being written and published. And of course, I will
share my opinions now and then on a few.
Where did I find all these books, you ask? Many are from good ol’ amazon.com.
Others came from a site for books that are out-of-print and/or hard-to-find known as bookfinder.com. Often, I will search for a book on both sites,
compare prices and
conditions, then buy from one or the other. Then there’s the reprints/facsimiles
from Dover Publications. Some I bought straight off the shelf of a book store
or a museum gift shop. Yes, I actually paid full price! Once in a great while,
I’ll buy one at a special event, usually at which the author is present. Yep,
autograph time! Then quite a few can be found FREE online via Google books,
and the digital cookbook library project at Michigan State University (MSU).
There are other online libraries, as well. Oftentimes, “googling” a book title
or author will lead you to a wealth of sources and information! Personally,
I’m not one for reading hundreds and hundreds of pages off a computer
screen; I prefer to have an actual, genuine book to hold in my hot little
hands (but sometimes, it’s just not possible). And finally, there are
those rare occasions when I just happen to find some little treasure
at a local antique store or flea market.
So, grab your favorite snack (historic or not) and cuddle up with one
of these great books. Enjoy!
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