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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. This is the address where that books lives on the shelves.
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.
Try searching with the name of a food followed by the word "AND" (in all caps, no quotes) and one of these terms:
- eggs AND cookbooks
- beets AND recipes
- honey AND cooking
You can also combine these terms with names of places, cultures, or geographic regions, for instance:
- recipes southern American
- French cuisine
- Cajun cooking
- Irish cookbooks
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.)
Selected Books at Van Wagenen Library
Call Number: TX745 .R83 2014
Publication Date: 2014
Call Number: TX801 .M677 2012
Publication Date: 2012
The Honey Connoisseur by
Call Number: TX560.H7 M37 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Grains, Rice, and Beans by
Call Number: TX808.G72 1995
Publication Date: 1995
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.