Virginia Tech Special Collections is home to a collection relating to the history of food & drink of more than 4,600 books and publications (with additional items available in the library’s circulating collection), as well as six dozen manuscript collections. In addition to sharing 350 years of recipes (with an emphasis on Virginia), the collection also helps document social history, household management, domestic economy, and food processing/technology.
In September 2011, we started the blog to share items from the collection with larger audience. Every week, you’ll learn about an item in the collection. Throughout the week, we also post news stories relating to food and food history, upcoming events (usually around Blacksburg and the greater Roanoke area, but not always!), recipes from historic cookbooks (the good AND the bad), and other food-related things that catch our attention. In general, posts are written by archivist and part-time foodie, Kira Dietz, so you can blame all typos, puns (oh, there will be many), and other mistakes squarely on her!