Monthly Archives: September 2015

Forty Famous Cocktails: A Recipe Card with a Twist

This week’s feature is a cocktail item that we acquired back in 2013. About that time, I planned to write a post about it, but first I was waiting for it to come back from cataloging. Then I cam across it again, but I had written a recent post about another cocktail item, so the […] Continue reading

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Serialization of the 19th Century Novel

In the 1830s, a new trend began in publishing (a “novel” idea, if you will!): Novels started to appear in newsstands. But rather than publishing in a large, cumbersome form that one couldn’t carry easily, they were issued in small, portable, serialized segments. Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers was the first to appear this way in […] Continue reading

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Serialization of the 19th Century Novel

In the 1830s, a new trend began in publishing (a “novel” idea, if you will!): Novels started to appear in newsstands. But rather than publishing in a large, cumbersome form that one couldn’t carry easily, they were issued in small, portable, serialized segments. Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers was the first to appear this way in […] Continue reading

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Two Announcements!

There will be a feature item post in the second half of this week, but for today, we have two announcements. First, there’s an upcoming Peacock-Harper Culinary History Friends event on Friday, October 16th in Roanoke. You can download the flyer and registration form here: PHCHFG Event Oct. 16, 2015. Please note: the deadline for registration […] Continue reading

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Fireless Cooking in the Early 20th Century

This week, I’ve been attempting to clean up/sort out some boxes in my office. This includes two small boxes of additions waiting to be added to collections. Among them are some pamphlets for the Virginia Tech Special Collections National Agricultural Publications (Ms2011-022). (We’ve recently updated the name from its previous title of “National Agricultural Publications,” a […] Continue reading

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Exploring Virginia and America Through Time (with Maps!)

When determining a topic for this week’s blog post, I discovered very little has been written about Special Collections’ historical maps. We have over 800 individual maps along with special map collections, such as the Robert Holman Map Collection and the Pocahontas Mines Collection. (We are currently working on the Pocahontas Mines Collection of over […] Continue reading

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Exploring Virginia and America Through Time (with Maps!)

When determining a topic for this week’s blog post, I discovered very little has been written about Special Collections’ historical maps. We have over 800 individual maps along with special map collections, such as the Robert Holman Map Collection and the Pocahontas Mines Collection. (We are currently working on the Pocahontas Mines Collection of over […] Continue reading

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We’re on the Air…and Cooking!

We certainly talk on the blog about how improvements in kitchen technology have changed the way food was (and continues to) prepared, stored, served, and shared. Today, we’re going to look at how another form of technology had an equally interesting effect on cooking and improving one’s culinary skills. Also, there will be talk of […] Continue reading

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News: Bowdoin College Acquires Collection of American Cookery Books

Since it’s always nice to know what our fellow academic libraries are up to, especially when it comes to culinary news, you might like to know that Bowdoin College in in Maine has recently acquired a very cool collection of early American cookbooks: http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/2015/09/library-acquires-collection-of-early-american-cookery-books/.   Continue reading

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Better Barbecues & Picnics (and Homes & Gardens)

I don’t know about you, Readers, but I’m wondering how September arrived so quickly. The end of summer is around the corner (gulp). The good news is, we have a three day weekend ahead of us! If you’re throwing a last “hurrah” picnic, BBQ, or cookout, today’s post should be an inspiration (for better or […] Continue reading

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