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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 675

Recipe books of the American Institute of Wine & Food, ca.1690 - ca.1830


Manuscript recipe books collected by the American Institute of Wine & Food


  • Creation: 1690 - 1830

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is unavailable for research until July 2019 while being digitized.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. The recipe books of the American Institute of Wine & Food are in the public domain.

Copying. Recipe books may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.83 linear feet (2 file boxes)

The collection contains four volumes of handwritten recipes for food and drink, as well as health remedies. Volumes also include household management instructions, advice for virtuous living, a page of verse, religious meditations, and a singing exercise in solfege. Volumes are arranged chronologically.


The American Institute of Wine & Food is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enjoyment of good food and drink. Founded in 1981 by Julia Child, Robert Mondavi, Richard Graff and others, the Institute brings together wine and food enthusiasts and professionals from America's many regions and ethnic traditions to celebrate the community of the table and the fellowship that comes from dining with family and friends. The Institute aims to enhance quality of life through what people eat and drink and promotes awareness of where ingredients originate to encourage healthy eating habits. They offer many programs, including wine tastings, cookbook signings, culinary cruises, and the Day of Taste program for underserved elementary school children. In 1990, they donated their Simon-Lowenstein Collection of Gastronomic Literature of published works and manuscript cookbooks to the Schlesinger Library and to the University of California San Diego's Mandeville Special Collections Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 90-M149

The recipe books of the American Institute of Wine & Food were given to the Schlesinger Library by the American Institute of Wine & Food in September 1990.

Processing Information

Processed: March 2011

By: Elise Tanimoto

American Institute of Wine & Food. Recipe books of the American Institute of Wine & Food, ca.1690 - ca.1830: A Finding Aid
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Repository Details

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