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Finding Books in Van Wagenen Library
Enter two or three keywords in the search box. You may need to try different combinations of words to find exactly what you're looking for. To limit your search to books, check the box next to "Books/eBooks" in the "Material Type" panel.
Once you've found a book you're interested in, write down the "call number" provided.
Look for the signs on the ends of the rows to help you find the shelf that has your book.
Books about similar subjects are grouped together on the shelves, so take a look at the books beside the one you were initially interested. Chances are good you'll find other relevant sources nearby!
If you need help, ask a librarian or staff member at the main desk on the library's first floor.
Online Sources for Regional/Cultural Background Information
Countries & Their Cultures
Surveys each country's shared values, behaviors and cultural variations from foods and rituals to pastimes and arts, using a standard entry format for easy comparison. Each entry includes a brief section on food and economy.
Encyclopedia of Food & Culture
A three-volume survey of food and its place in human culture and society, presented through 600 alphabetically sorted entries. Features multidisciplinary coverage of such topics as comfort food, ethnicity and food, medieval banquets, and nutrient composition, among many others. Includes photographs, illustrations, sidebars, recipes, menus, and timelines.
Print Reference Sources Available in the Library
Larousse Gastronomique by
Call Number: REF TX349 .L365 2001
"In one volume, it presents the history of foods, eating, and restaurants; cooking terms; techniques from elementary to advanced; a review of basic ingredients with advice on recognizing, buying, storing, and using them; biographies of important culinary figures; and recommendations for cooking nearly everything."
The Oxford Companion to Food by
Call Number: REF TX349 .D36 2006
Encyclopedia style entries on ingredients, dishes, regional cuisines, and food traditions. (A second copy is available for students to check out.)
Try some of these keywords as you search:
Combine these terms with names of places, cultures, or geographic regions, for instance:
- recipes southern American
- French cuisine
- Cajun cooking
- Irish cookbooks
Selected Books at Van Wagenen Library
I Love New York: Ingredients & Recipes by
Call Number: TX715 .H89445 2013
Real Maine Food by
Call Number: TX715.2.N48 C643 2015
Publication Date: 2015
The Food of Spain by
Call Number: TX723.5.S7 R63 2011
Publication Date: 2011
True Thai by
Call Number: TX724.5.T5 T53 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Two If By Sea by
Call Number: TX747 .S377 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Princess Pamela's Soul Food Cookbook by
Call Number: TX715.2.A47 S76 2016
Publication Date: 2017
Taste of Haiti by
Call Number: TX716.H3 Y876 2004
Publication Date: 2004