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Cookbooks & Cookery, Menus, Recipes, & Preserving Food - Special Collections Research Center: Home

Books, manuscripts, and oral history collections in UK's Special Collections Research Center that discuss the preparation and preservation of food.


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pertaining to


African American Experience 



Phone: (859) 257-1742

Fax:  (859) 257-6311

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Margaret I. King Library Building (directions)


Many collections are stored off-site. A phone call or an email prior to your visit will help us to better assist you.


The Special Collections Research Center has more than 1,000 cookbooks and cookery titles, menus, and manuscripts with recipes for cooking and preserving food. There are tips on the use of tobacco, the making of spirits such as wine, and the distilling of hard liquors. 

In the oral history collections are recordings about Kentucky distilleries and individual stories about the family farm, gardening, canning, and curing. The photograph archives has pictures of gardens, kitchens, cooks, food, and food preparation.

There are online titles, some with ads for cooking stoves. There are also recipes within the online historical Kentucky newspapers found in the Kentucky Digital Library.

The various materials are dated from the 1500s to the present year.  Our collections are available for use in the Breckinridge Reading Room 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F.

Copies may be requested

No Circulation

No Interlibrary Loan



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This research guide was completed with assistance from Dr. James Birchfield, Curator of Rare Books Emeritus, and Librarian Cindy Cline, Cataloger - Special Formats Unit.

Photograph images from Microsoft Ciipart.


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Reinette F. Jones
Rm 403, King Library Building

Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0456

(859) 257-6042