The largest library of books about the culinary arts is in…The South! In New Orleans to be exact. Who knew?
Open since October, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s Culinary Library & Archive contains over 11,000 cookbooks and works on nutrition and other food- and beverage-related subjects.
True, one cannot borrow this library’s books, but, any weekday, one can visit, browse, make copies of recipes, etc. (Presumably, one could obtain some other library’s copy of any particularly intriguing title via using Interlibrary Loan , a service available free-of-charge to anyone with a library card anywhere in the country.)
Some intersesting background information about the library’s post-Katrina re-opening was included in this Deep South article.
Found via Book Riot
Atlanta is home to several libraries that collect specialized materials. Although the collections of these libraries are accessible only to scholars, many of them showcase items in these special collections on their websites and/or in exhibits that are accessible to the public.
One such specialized collection is Emory University’s Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL), located on the top floor of Emory’s Woodruff Library.
One of MARBL’s most recent purchases is a collection of 4,000 Victorian-era paperbacks.
You can browse some of MARBL’s already-digitized collections here.