The Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University will be permanently closed to the public as of February 27, 2017. The university is digitizing the museum’s holdings for research and can be viewed on our Collections page.
Cookbooks are many things to many people. Nationally-published cookbooks reflect mainstream society’s culinary tastes, while cook booklets are produced by companies to market their products. Community cookbooks speak to a local group’s interconnectedness through a church, school or civic organization, while manuscript cookbooks are collections of handwritten recipes held closely by a cook. Each of these cookbook forms may contain the same recipes common to its era, making them an important chronicle of trends and tastes. The museum holds more than 60,000 cookbooks.