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Jewish Community Cookbooks
Jewish community cookbooks are often published by synagogue, community, and charitable organizations, and feature recipes from community members. In some cases, an historical cookbook is the only publication documenting the Jewish community in an area with few Jewish residents. Community cookbooks are also an important primary source documenting the labor and artistry of women, who are often un- or under-represented in publications.
What ingredients (fresh, preserved, regional, imported) were used to cook during different historical periods? What can cookbooks tell us about culture, tradition, and assimilation? How do old family recipes, new adaptations, and innovations in cooking reflect social conditions?
The Library's collection includes Jewish community cookbooks from nearly every state in the U.S., as well as from more than a dozen countries. Here's how to find them:
View vintage community cookbooks on this page.
Browse the community cookbooks below, organized by location.
Search the catalog for the genre Community Cookbooks
Digitized Vintage Cookbooks
Learn More: Community Cookbooks