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Genealogy Resources

Cooking and Food

What did your ancestors eat? What did great-grandmother cook? How and with what did she cook? What are some ethnic or regional recipes? Want to try some old recipes and reproduce what your ancestors ate?

Print Resources

  • Anderson, Jean. American Century CookBook. Random House, 2005.
  • Brennan, Georgeanne. The Family Table: A Journal for Recipes and Memories. Chronicle Books,
  • Davidson, Alan. The Oxford Companion to Food. Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Haber, Barbara. From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals. Penguin, 2003.
  • Hayes, Joanne Lamb. Grandma's Wartime Kitchen: World War II and the Way We Cooked. St. Martin's, 2000.

  • Hinds, Harold E., Jr. "Foodways and Personal Family History." NGS Magazine 36, 4 (October-December 2010): 62-63.
  • Tannahill, Reay.  Food in History. Random House, 1995.
  • Theophano, Janet. Eat My Words: Reading Women's Lives. Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
  • Walker, Barbara M. The Little House Cookbook. Harper Trophy, 1989
  • Zanger, Mark H. American History Cookbook. Greenwood Press, 2003.