Cookbooks needed


May 14th, 2008

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Southern Food & Beverage Museum Needs Cookbooks

Katrina-Damaged Museum Needs Cookbooks!

Liz Williams, president of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, is sending out an SOS to home cooks, bakers and culinary professionals all over the United States. She estimates the museum lost over half of its cookbook collection to the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. An eternal optimist, Liz is working hard to transform tragedy into opportunity by taking on the ambitious project of rebuilding the museum’s library to be the world’s most complete repository of books, booklets, manuscripts, and documents about Southern food and drink. In order to accomplish this, Liz needs cookbooks — and lots of them!

The museum is not only seeking culinary books about the American South, but also volumes from areas that have influenced Southern foodways. This means all new and used food-themed books, in all conditions (food-spattered and beat-up is just fine), dealing with cuisines from all over the world. Liz emphasizes that they’re seeking everything from professionally written cookbooks and culinary histories to community cookbooks and pamphlets.

In Liz’s own words: “We’re truly looking for one of everything!” (The museum will find good homes for any duplicates.)

The address for (fully tax-deductible) donations is:

Southern Food & Beverage Museum
attn. Liz Williams
1 Poydras Street, #169
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

For more info about the museum or this project, please visit Southern Food & Beverage Museum (click on “collections,”

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