A Word About Our Resources
The American Recipe Project is committed to building a body of knowledge and resources surrounding family recipes, family history, and the cultural phenomena surrounding home cooking culture in the United States. We hope that as we continue to build our body of knowledge, you too will delve into your own corner of American food and family history, so we are putting together a list of resources for services and like-minded people who can help.
Make a Trip to:
The Culinary Arts Museum
315 Harborside Blvd
Providence, RI 02905
An incredible museum where food history comes to life. They have everything from their own collection of family recipe acquisitions to presidential menus, wedding cakes, diner history and everything in between. All foodies will enjoy a trip to this museum.
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 – 101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Whether you are researching family history, or looking into their archives specifically for family recipes, this organization and its seasoned archivists have a lot to offer the research community. Call ahead for a visit.
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20540
While the issue of the genesis of American home cooking culture hasn’t been formally recognized by the library, the resources inside provide a wealth of photographic and literary insight into this topic. One of the works that inspired this project was the unpublished WPA writers project “America Eats” (excerpts were published by food writer Mark Kurlansky in his recent book “Food of a Younger Land”). You can get a glimpse into the project, which charged writers all over the country with the task of cataloguing their local cuisine (and many family recipes) and the result is an amazing snapshot of what Americans ate in pre WWII America. You can visit an online exhibit for the project here:
On the Web:
Research your own family history. There a free trial period and afterwards an annual or bi-annual fee.
This is the blog of our very own contributor Emily Hull, who catalogues her own family lore and recipes in her own distinctive narrative style.