Community and Advertising Cookbooks Collection

The Community Cookbooks are produced by volunteers from organizations such as schools, churches, associations, etc. Normally these cookbooks were for fund-raising purposes, and some others were for publicizing the community, and some were used as a way to display local history and traditions. The books reflect the food habits of the local community and a lot of them contain historical stories and their own drawings which add a lovely character to the books and also give the readers lots of interesting background information along with the delicious local recipes. Special Collections houses over 300 community cookbooks.

The Advertising Cookbooks came in the form of recipe booklets produced by food or cookware businesses as bonus items for their customers. The recipes are created around and based on their products are a clever way of promoting their goods. They provided readers inspiration for change of cooking equipment and food brands over the time.

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Haydays Plain and Fancy
Prepared by Senior Citizens' Association
Hay, N.S.W., 1965


Illustrations in the community books drew by the members of the community

Grammar Gourmet
Prepared by Brighton Grammar School
Brighton, VIC, [1970’s]


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How to decorate a cake
By Anne Anson
Published by Taylor, Law & Co Ltd, Stourbridge, England, [1940's - 1950's]




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