Food Studies Online

November 10, 2016 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

Thanks to the generosity of the Faculty of Humanities which approved the ‘Asian Food’ collection budget last year, Leiden University Libraries will have access to “Food Studies Online“, a large database with a wealth of materials and sources related to food studies.

Food Studies Online contains rare and hard-to-find archival content: cookbooks, menus, recipe books, marketing pamphlets, posters and secondary sources. Videos include documentaries (for example [see filmstill], the documentary “A Taste of China” from the early 1980s), interview series and vintage commercials.
The food ephemera collection has over 5,000 pages of ephemeral materials from the turn of the century through the 1960s, made up of educational pamphlets from food production companies as well as food labels, food advertisements, and recipe books.

The larger part of the materials contained in this database are kept at the Schlesinger Library, at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute, which is renowned for its extensive collections on food (i.e. 20,000 cookbooks and the manuscripts of Julia Child).
Alexander Street’s Food Studies Online provides researchers rich archival content, visual ephemera, monographs, and videos that explore how food shapes the world around us. Food studies is a relatively new field of study, but its importance is felt in many major disciplines. It has social, historical, economic, cultural, religious, and political implications that reach far beyond what is consumed at the dinner table.

Picture credit above: hand-pulling noodles in a 1981 Shandong province restaurant kitchen. Filmstill from ‘A TASTE OF CHINA, Part 1: Masters of the Wok‘, 4:28


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