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Food Studies

This guide covers resources for the study of the history and social ramifications of food. See the Nutrition guide for other topics.

NYU Special Collections

NYU Special Collections offers different types of materials pertaining to food. The Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection documents the evolution of world cuisines and food practices with a particular focus on the United States and the food habits and activity in New York City. It includes one of the largest cookbook collections in North America, the papers of prominent chefs and food critics, ephemera and oral histories. More information about the variety of collections they have can be found on the link above, and a few highlights are included below.

You must plan your visit to the Special Collections and start by creating a Special Collections Research Account.

Archived Blogs

Food Blogs are an important part of contemporary food culture; they are standard readership for any Food Studies scholar. Although much of their news is skewed toward media and restaurants, they sometimes offer critical and analytic content. To ensure perpetual access, NYU captures and archives a variety of food-related blogs. A sample of blogs include:

  • Food Politics (by Marion Nestle)
  • Curious Cook (with Harold McGee)

These blogs go back to December 2011.

See the list of archived Food Blogs.

Other Special Collections and Archives

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