October is National Cookbook Month, so we’re thinking about cookbooks, and will be posting about them all month here on Center of the Plate.
We thought we had a lot of cookbooks, but the Guinness Book of World Records claims that Sue Jimenez has the largest collection of cookbooks – 2970 – in her New Mexico home.
But New York University’s Fales Library Food Studies Collection contains more than 55,000 books at last check, and all of them are about food. This is the largest collection of its type in the United States, and a valuable resource for food researchers, writers, and of course, serious cooks.
The Fales Library inherited all 3,500 cookbooks from Gourmet magazine’s library (closed in 2009), and acquired 21,000 books about food and cooking from George and Jenifer Lang, the owners of Café des Artistes in 2011. Read more about this special book collection here.
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