Wisconsin's Rich Food Heritage

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THANK YOU for joining us in celebrating the cookbook collection.

Recipes from Terese Allen and Kevin Appleton:
Southeast Asian Spring Rolls | Demo Sping Roll Ingredients & Sunflower Mango Ginger Dipping Sauce | Steenbock Spritzer | Creampuffs | Sweet Corn Cheese Wedges

"Porcupine Meatballs: Finding History in Community Cookbooks" with Traci Nathans-Kelly (and a thank you to Janet Newlands for recording)

"Collecting Community Cookbooks And Upcoming Food Events", with Larry Meillor, Wisconsin Public Radio

Look what's cooking!

As we head into the harvest season, celebrate Wisconsin's wonderful food heritage with cookbooks, food demonstration and tasting and talk with Traci Nathans-Kelly.

Date: Friday, September 20, 2013

Time: Reception: 5:30-6:50 PM ; Presentation: 7:00-8:00 PM

Place: Steenbock Library and Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences
At the corner of Babcock and Observatory (map).

Parking: Lots 26, 34, 40, 62 (free after 4:30)
Lot 36
(gated w/pay-station)
Additional Information for Visitors | City Bus Transit serving Campus


Reception: (Steenbock Library, First Floor/lower level)

Food Demonstation with Chef Kevin Appleton, Vom Fass, Madison College Culinary Arts Program

Special Presentation with Traci Nathans-Kelly, "Porcupine Meatballs: Finding History in Community Cookbooks" (Ebling Symposium, Microbial Sciences)

Your Hosts:

Friends of the Libraries | Publications | Calendar | Become a Friend

Steenbock Library

Special Guests:

Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW) | Traveling Library

REAP Food Group | Food for Thought Festival (September 21, 2013)
Wisconsin Local Foods Journal | Ginkgo Press
Greenhouse Residential Leaning Community

Related UW Digital Collections

Steenbock librarian, Barbara Hamel, has curated four digital collections to showcase selections from the cookbook collection that have enduring interest for alumni and scholars.

Badger Bites: University of Wisconsin Madison Cookbooks
Enjoy a taste of campus food culture with the recipe collections from campus social and service organizations.

Carson Gulley Cookbook Collection
Celebrate Carson Gulley, legendary chef with Housing Food Service, and famous for recipes that are still prepared on campus, including fudge-bottom pie.

Playing House:  Homemaking for Children
Discover how young women were educated to assume their future role as homemakers.

Recipe for Victory: Food and Cooking in Wartime
Learn how conserving and stretching food resources during World War I was a significant contribution to the war effort.

A Sampling of Other Cookbook Collections and Archives of Culinary History

Beatrice McIntosh Collection, Cookbooks, New England Cookery, Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libaries

Community Cookbooks: Selected Titles from the General Collection, Science Reference Services, Library of Congress, Science, Technology & Business Division

Cookbook Collection, Texas Woman's University
Cookbooks and Culinary History Digital Archive

Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project, Digital Collections, Michigan State University Libraries
Cookery and Food Collection, Special Collections, MSU Libraries

Iowa Cookbook Collection, University Archives, Iowa State University
Digital Collections

Kirschner Cookbook Collection, Magrath Library, University of Minnesota
Kirschner Collection Blog

Not by Bread Alone: America's Culinary Heritage, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collection, Cornell University Library

Papers of Julia Child, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Cookbook Collection at Steenbock

In 1965, Madison resident Mortimer Levitan donated 2615 cookbooks to the libraries as a memorial to his mother Dora T. Levitan. 

Generous gifts made by the Fried, Lea, Lothe, Steenbock and Winner families and by Rheta McCutchin--emeritus Director of Housing Food Service--enrich this collection to a sum of more than 5000 titles.

Titles from the collection reflect several themes:

  • culinary history
  • appliance and commercial product cookery
  • United States regional cuisine
  • world cuisine
  • trends in cookery (special diets, ingredients and novelties)

How to Visit...
Find the collection on the first floor of the library within its southwest corner. Look for signage.

Where to search for cookbooks...
Search for cookbooks using the campus library catalog or alternatively by searching WisCat or WorldCat to find collections near to you.

How to Donate...

UW-Madison Libraries welcome gifts and donations to support collections and services. For more information, see the Giving page. For information about contributing to the cookbook collection at Steenbock Library, contact librarian, Barbara Hamel.