Collections and Research
What’s cooking in our archives! A taste of the past
The Museum’s Recipes and Food collection includes nearly 1,000 cookbooks and recipe pamphlets produced between the mid-18th and early 21st centuries. Many were booklets published to promote a specific product or brand. Others are compilations of recipes carefully written out by hand or assembled in scrapbooks, chronicling timeless family traditions or, conversely, the latest trends of the day.
Appealing in more ways than one, the collection offers information about changing eating habits, social norms surrounding meals, the role of women in the family home, advertising, and the development of new culinary practices.
For those willing to try some of the recipes, it is also a wonderful opportunity to rediscover the tastes of yesteryear!
→ Visit the Recipes and Food Collection to discover more recipes
→ Share your creations on social media with #McCordMuseumStewart and @museemccordstewart
Squash, sweet desserts and comforting meals are often featured on the fall season menu!
For your Holiday Menu!
In this season of leisurely meals shared with family and friends, browse recipes that will inspire your holiday menus!
For your sweet tooth!
For your Valentin's day brunch!
Recipes to put on the menu
As part of International Archives Week, Museum employees had fun revisiting the recipes from this collection.