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The Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection

The collection of food and cookery materials at the Fales Library documents the evolution of cuisine and food practices in 20th century America, with a particular focus on the food habits and activity of New York City. These materials support the research of undergraduate and graduates students, faculty and other researchers working within disciplines such as food studies, food management, nutrition, performance studies, American studies, and history. Due to the nature of this collection, these materials are also of use to professionals outside of the university who work as writers, journalists, chefs or food professionals.

The Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection at Fales began with the acquisition of the Cecily Brownstone Collection of American Cookery. This collection, numbering some 12,000 volumes and 5,000 pamphlets was the private collection of Cecily Brownstone, Associated Press food correspondent for nearly 40 years, long-time friend of James Beard, and denizen of Greenwich Village. Because library collections did not specialize in food history, Brownstone built an astonishing personal collection, which was housed in her home on Jane Street. With the help of an anonymous donor, the Fales Library acquired the printed books and Brownstone's papers in 2001.

Books can be located in Bobcat. Browse the finding aids for our food & cookery archives and personal papers here.