Vanderbilt’s Cookbook Collection Spans Five Centuries

Cookbook images courtesy of History of Medicine Collections

Celebrate the last week of National Cookbook Month by making an appointment with the History of Medicine Collections to view a cookbook from the 1650’s! Highlights of the collection are handwritten recipe books from the 18th and 19th centuries, and cookbooks by prominent southern and African American writers such as Marion Flexner and Edna Lewis. Also in the collection is the Vanderbilt International Student Association’s cookbook, with the foreword written by Jean Heard, wife of Vanderbilt’s fifth chancellor and namesake of the Heard Library.

Vanderbilt’s collection spans five centuries, so there is something for everyone!



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