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Free Online Cookbooks PDF – Free Vintage Cookbooks

Thousands of free online cookbooks – vintage and recent – in subject collections.  Books in PDF & EPUB files to read or borrow online at the Internet Archive. Plus free books on food supply, nutrition, food & beverage industry, wine & beverages.

Free Online Cookbooks

Other Books about Food – Food Supply

Wine & Drinks

Hint: When a book you want to borrow at Internet Archive is already checked out, go to the Internet Archive’s ‘Search’ box, check “Search Metadata”, and search for the book’s title. Sometimes they have two or more copies.


Free Online Cookbooks

Free Online Cookbooks – Collection of Boston Public Library

Boston PL
Boston PL Dewey Dec. 398

About 70 free cookbooks online, contributed to the Internet Archive by the Boston Public Library. All appear to be pre-1924 publications. Some Cookbooks: Practical Candy Maker, Indian Cookery Book, Old Czech Recipes, American Pastry Cook, Boston Cooking School Magazine (many issues), Camp Cookery for Boy Scouts & other campers, 100 Picnic Suggestions, New Salads, Sandwiches, Diet for the Sick, Vegetarian Cookery, Cheese and its uses, many more. Free online Cookbooks PDF, old cookbooks online free.

Cookery Collection

A search of “cookery” in the Internet Archive collection of free online modern books resulted in over 6,000 ‘hits’. These include editions (often a few decades old) of virtually all the best-selling cookbooks, such as Betty Crocker Cookbook free, Good Housekeeping free cookbook, Joy of Cooking free cookbook, Anthony Bourdain, Julia Child free cookbook, and Fanny Farmer free cookbook. Plus hundreds of other published cookbooks. This collection does not appear to include cookbooks created by local organizations. Free cookbooks online, old cookbooks online free, online cookbooks PDF.

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Free Online Cookbooks Collection

Over 700 free online cooking books at the HathiTrust Digital Library, in a hand-picked collection. Some Cookbooks: Selected Dried Fruit Recipes, 100 Years of California Cooking, Helpful Suggestions for your Victory Lunch Box (WW2), 365 Breads and Biscuits, Family Favorites with California Figs, 500 Snacks, Casseroles cookbook free, Recipes from Hawaii, Guide to Sailors’ Cookery, Anglo-Indian Cookery, Recipe Suggestions for Asparagus, many more. Free cookbooks PDF, cookbooks free online.

Early American Cookbooks Collection (1800-1920)

Over 1,400 online books at the HathiTrust Digital Library, in an assembled collection. Some Cookbooks: 100 Good Apple Recipes, Shellfish: terrapin, snapper, oysters, lobsters etc., ABC of Cooking for men with no experience on small boats, in camps, on marches etc., Almond Recipes, Belgian Cook Book free, Blue Grass Cookbook, Corn Cookery, Old New Orleans Recipes, Calendar of Sandwiches & Beverages, many more. Old cookbooks online free, free vintage cookbooks pdf, old recipe books, free cookbooks PDF.

Cooking (Meat) Collection

About 90 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Cooking Meat. Some Cookbooks: Prime Time Grilling, Pates & Other Marvelous Meat Loaves, Best Recipes for Ground Meat cookbook, Prime Cuts, Burger CookBook, Steaks cookbook, Chops, Roasts and Ribs, Memorable Roasts cookbook, Slow Cooker Recipes, Beef Pork & Lamb, many more. Free Cookbooks online.

Cooking (Chicken) Collection

More than 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Cooking Chicken. Free online cookbook, free cookbooks PDF.

Cooking (Seafood) Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Cooking Seafood. Cooking books free download, online cookbooks PDF free.

Cooking Fish Cookbook Collection

About 150 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Cooking Fish. Free cookbooks PDF.

Vegetarian Cooking Online Cookbook Collection

About 350 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Vegetarian Cooking”. Be patient as the page loads. Free vegetarian cookbooks, free vegan cookbooks.

Cookery – Vegetables Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Cookery – Vegetables. Free online vegan cookbooks, free cookbooks PDF.

Cooking (Fruit) Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Cooking Fruit. Free online cookbooks

Casserole Cooking Collection

More than 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Casserole Cooking. Free online casserole cookbooks, free cookbooks PDF.

Microwave Cookery Collection

Almost 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Microwave Cookery. Online microwave cookbooks, online cookbooks PDF.

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International Cooking Collection

More than 350 books from the Internet Archive, free online on the subject of International Cooking. Free online cookbooks, free international cookbooks.

Jewish Cooking Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Jewish Cooking. Cooking books free download, cookbooks online free.

Cooking (Mexican) Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Cooking Mexican. Mexican cookbooks free online.

Cooking Chinese Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Cooking Chinese. Chinese cookbooks free online, free cookbooks PDF.

French Cooking Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of French Cooking. French cookbooks free online.

Soups Collection

About 300 books from the Internet Archive, free online on the subject of Soups. Free soup cookbooks online.

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Salads Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Salads. Free salad cookbooks online, free cookbooks online.

Baking Collection

About 400 books from the Internet Archive, free online on the subject of Baking. Free baking cooking online, baking recipes online.

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Free Online Cookbooks PDF – Bread Collection

About 300 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Bread. Bread recipes free, online bread cookbooks.

Pies Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Pies. Pies recipes online, bread cookbooks online.

Free Online Cookbooks PDF – Making Cookies Collection

About 350 books from the Internet Archive, free online on the subject of Cookies.

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Outdoor Cooking Collection

About 90 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Outdoor Cooking. Online free cookbooks, outdoor cookbooks online, free cookbooks PDF.

Low-Fat Diet – Recipe Books Collection

About 300 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Low-Fat Diet – Recipes.

Low Carbohydrate Diet Collection

About 250 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Low Carbohydrate Diet. Old cookbooks online, free cookbooks PDF.

Low Cholesterol Diet Collection

About 250 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Low Cholesterol Diet. Low cholesterol cookbook free, cookbooks online free.

Free Online Cookbooks PDF – Cooking (Chocolate) Collection

More than 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Cooking (Chocolate).

Holiday Cooking Collection

About 150 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Holiday Cooking. Holiday cookbooks free online, free vintage cookbooks pdf online, old recipe books, old cookbooks online.

Christmas Cookery Collection

About 250 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Christmas Cookery. Cooking books free download, Christmas cookbooks online, old cookbooks online free.

Miss Beecher’s Housekeeper and Healthkeeper …

containing Five Hundred Recipes for Economical and Healthful Cooking; also, many directions for securing health and happiness. Approved by physicians of all classes

Beecher, Catharine Esther

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NY: Harper & Brothers 1873 Dewey Dec. 641


Other Books about Food – Food Supply

Nutrition Books Collection

A search for “nutrition” in the Internet Archive’s free online collection of modern books resulted in over 3,000 ‘hits’. They include cookbooks; self-help books for people who want to watch their weight, avoid disease or keep fit; technical guides for medical professionals, and much more.
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Children’s Nutrition Books Collection

About 100 modern books, free online. Most provide advice to parents of children of various ages on how to keep their kids healthy or establish good eating habits.
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Food Supply Collection

More than 350 books from the Internet Archive, free online on the subject of “Food Supply”, including food insecurity, hunger, and famine.
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Practical Sanitary and Economic Cooking, Adapted to Persons of Moderate and Small Means

Abel, Mrs M. W. (Hinman)
Amer. pub. health ass’n 1890 Dewey Dec. 641

States clearly food values and proper methods of preparation; gives recipes, bills of fare and prices. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904. Vintage nutrition books.

The Young House-Keeper, or Thoughts on Food and Cookery

Alcott, William A.
Boston: Light 1838 Dewey Dec. 641

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The Professed Cook: or, the Modern Art of Cookery, Pastry, and Confectionary …

made plain and easy, consisting of the most approved methods in the French as well as English Cookery, in which the French names of all the different dishes are given and explained, whereby every Bill of Fare becomes intelligible and familiar

Clermont, B.
London: Davis 1776 Dewey Dec. 641

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Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World

Critser, Greg
Houghton Mifflin 2004 Dewey Dec. 363

“The author succeeds in letting the layperson grasp agricultural policy, astute marketing ploys, lipid chemistry, human physiology, and the follies of institutional feeding schemes and weight-loss quackery.” -Choice. Food supply, food industry book, food and beverage industry.

Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers

Cummins, Ronnie and Lilliston, Ben
Marlowe 2000 Dewey Dec. 363.1

“The authors discuss genetically engineered or modified food focusing on the scientific, political, economic, and health issues … They include information on what consumers can do, from smart shopping to grassroots lobbying, to reduce the threat …” -Booklist. F&B industry, food industry books, food supply.

Good Things To Eat, as Suggested by Rufus

Estes, Rufus
Chicago: Estes 1911 Dewey Dec. 641

“Estes’ cookbook was not the first to be published by an African American – that would be Robert Roberts’ The House Servant’s Directory from 1827. But where Roberts publishes recipes for the wealthy New England families he’s accustomed to working for, Estes offers the recipes for foods he’s been eating his whole life. And what a life he had – born into slavery in 1857, a train porter with the Pullman Company, and eventually a chef. The incredible range of recipes includes everything from Southern Corncakes, Apple Slump and Rib Roast, to Candied Violets, Kedgeree, and Sheep’s Brains with Small Onions.”
– Eric Colleary, “The American Table” website. Free vintage cookbooks online, old recipe books, old cookbooks online.

Art of Cookery. A Manual for Homes and Schools

Ewing, Mrs Emma (Pike)
Merrill 1899 Dewey Dec. 641

Author experienced teacher of cooking. Manual of principles: marketing; food materials; methods of cooking: mixing; seasoning; serving and garnishing. Well indexed. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904. Cooking books free download, free vintage cookbooks pdf, old cookbooks online.

The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book

Farmer, Fannie Merritt
Boston: Little, Brown 1896 Dewey Dec. 641

“It is thanks to Fannie Farmer that we have detailed, step-by-step instructions in cookbooks that use standardized measurements for ingredients. Emerging at the height of the domestic science movement in the United States that sought consistency and uniformity in cooking practices, Farmer revolutionized the cookbook industry. Just as later writers such as Julia Child or Harold McGee, Fannie Farmer didn’t just explain how to do something, she explained why – describing in some cases the chemical processes that make a recipe work.” – Eric Colleary, “The American Table” website. Cooking books free download, free vintage cookbooks PDF, old cookbooks online. The Fannie Farmer cookbook free online.

Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food

Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe
Free Press 2002 Dewey Dec. 394.1

“A well-written, thought-provoking overview of food history.” -Libr J. Food supply book.

The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy

Glasse, Hannah
London: 1774? Dewey Dec. 641

” … the bestselling English-language cookbook for over a century, and its import and influence on early American cooking can’t be overstated. It could be found in homes from all thirteen colonies including many of the Founding Fathers, and sales of the book continued well after the Revolution.” “The popularity of the book came, in large part, from the way Glasse wrote the recipes so that an untrained cook would likely understand.” – Eric Colleary, “The American Table” website. The Art of Cookery free online, old cookbooks online free, free vintage cookbooks.

Critical Perspectives on Genetically Modified Crops and Food

Gordon, Susan, ed.
Rosen 2006 Dewey Dec. 363

“Presents a collection of essays and newspaper articles on the genetic modification of food, discussing how the process began, its effect on plant diversity, the role of government and regulation, and the future of agricultural biotechnology.” -Publisher. Food supply, food manufacturing, food industry companies, F&B industry.

Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York

Grimes, William
North Point 2009 Dewey Dec. 394.1

“This lively, profusely illustrated history veers in one fascinating direction after another, from the proliferation of oyster houses in the 1800s to the original recipe for chop suey … Grimes gets personal in the final chapter, describing the scene of the late 1990s and early 200s from his frontline perspective as the restaurant critic for the New York Times.” -Pub Wkly.

Marion Harland’s Complete Cook Book

Harland, Marion
Merrill 1903 Dewey Dec. 641

A practical and exhaustive manual of cookery and housekeeping, containing thousands of carefully proved recipes. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904. Marion Harland’s Complete Cookbook free. Online free vintage cookbooks PDF, old cookbooks online free.

The Food of a Younger Land

Kurlansky, Mark
Riverhead Trade 2010 Dewey Dec. 394.1

“A portrait of American food : before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation’s food was seasonal, regional, and traditional : from the lost WPA files”. Food supply free book.

The Hostess of To-day

Larned, Mrs Linda (Hull)
Scribner 1899 Dewey Dec. 641

Suggestions as to table service, formal and informal dinners, luncheons, teas, etc. Many compact recipes with approximate prices. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904

Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly

McWilliams, James E.
Back Bay 2010 Dewey Dec. 394.1

“McWilliams presents some appealing alternatives to the views of both the agrarian romantics on the left and the agribusiness capitalists on the right. . . . Rich in research, provocative in conception and nettlesome to both the right and the left.” -Kirkus

Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism

Nestle, Marion
Univ. of California 2003 Dewey Dec. 363.1

“The author argues that ensuring safe food involves more than washing hands or cooking food to higher temperatures. It involves politics. When it comes to food safety, billions of dollars are at stake, and industry, government, and consumers collide over issues of values, economics, and political power – and not always in the public interest.” -Publisher

Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper; Designed Especially to Aid Beginners. Economical receipts for those who are cooking for two or three

Parloa, Maria
Estes 1894 Dewey Dec. 641

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The Virginia Housewife, or, Methodical Cook

Randolph, Mary
Baltimore: Plaskitt 1836 Dewey Dec. 641

“To this day, Randolph’s cookbook is referenced by chefs and cookbook writers as an inspiration for authentic southern cuisine. Considered the first regional American cookbook, it offers the first printed recipes for barbecued pork, okra soup, and a host of other traditional southern recipes. She doesn’t stick exclusively to the south, however. Her recipes include Italian, Spanish, French and Caribbean dishes that reflect the cosmopolitan palates of a growing nation.” – Eric Colleary, “The American Table” website. Free vintage cookbooks PDF, old recipe books.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Pollan, Michael
Large Print 2007 Dewey Dec. 394.1

The author “defines the Omnivore’s Dilemma as the confusing maze of choices facing Americans trying to eat healthfully in a society that he calls ‘notably unhealthy.’ He seeks answers to this dilemma by taking readers through the industrial, organic, and hunter-gatherer stages of the food chain. . . . This folksy narrative provides a wealth of information about agriculture, the natural world, and human desires.” -Libr J

The Epicurean

Ranhofer, Charles
Chicago: 1894 Dewey Dec. 641

“If you wanted the epitome of fine dining in the United States, for over a century Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York City was where you went. During the late Victorian period, Delmonico’s hosted dinners for presidents like Ulysses S. Grant, and writers like Charles Dickens. Known for their unique and ornate presentations, the most elaborate of dishes was prepared under the masterful eye of chef Charles Ranhofer. This massive, heavily-illustrated tome, contains mostly classic French recipes, reflecting the impact of French cuisine among the upper class at the turn of the century.” – Eric Colleary, “The American Table” website

Human Nutrition

Revilla, Marie K. F. and others
Independent 2018

“Serves as an introduction to nutrition for undergraduate students. The book covers basic concepts in human nutrition, key information about essential nutrients, basic nutritional assessment, and nutrition across the lifespan.” -Open Textbook Library Website

Chemistry of Cooking

Rodriguez-Velazquez, Sorangel
Independent 2016

“The chemistry of cooking course seeks to understand the science behind our most popular meals by studying the behavior of atoms and molecules present in food. This book is intended to give students a basic understanding of the chemistry involved in cooking such as caramelization, Maillard reaction, acid-base reactions, catalysis, and fermentation. Students will be able to use chemistry language to describe the process of cooking, apply chemistry knowledge to solve questions related to food, and ultimately create their own recipes.” -Open Textbook Library Website

Feeding the Family

Rose, Mary Swartz
Macmillan 1921 Dewey Dec. 613

Chapter headings are: 1. The Significance of Food, 2. Care of the Digestive Mechanism, Food for: the adult man, the adult woman, the baby, the two-year-old child, children 3 and 4 years old, children 5 to 7, children 8 to 12, adolescence and youth, after 50, the family group: menus, family group: cost of food, family group: fool plans and dietaries, the sick and convalescent.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Schlosser, Eric
Houghton Mifflin 2001 Dewey Dec. 394.1

“Schlosser documents the effects of fast food on America’s economy, its youth culture, and allied industries. . . .Starting with a young woman who makes minimum wage working at a Colorado fast-food restaurant, Schlosser relates the oft-told story of Ray Kroc’s founding of McDonald’s. The author also tells about the development of the franchise method of business ownership and the health and nutrition implications of fast-food consumption.” Booklist

An Edible History of Humanity

Standage, Tom
Thorndike 2009 Dewey Dec. 394.1

“This meaty little volume is cogent, informative, and insightful.” -Kirkus

Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal

Stuart, Tristram
Norton 2009 Dewey Dec. 363.8

“The author shows how we could have much more food overnight simply by not tossing away so much of it…. Usefully, Stuart offers examples of what we could be doing better, from processing technologies to offal sausages.” New Sci

Food, Inc.: How Industrial Food is Making us Sicker, Fatter and Poorer — And What You Can Do About It

Weber, Karl
Public Affairs 2009 Dewey Dec. 363.1

A companion book to the documentary film of the same name. Contains 13 essays by experts on topics including the industrialization of our food supply; the benefits of locally-sourced, organic eating; and how the U.S. food system promotes global warming.

The Confederate Receipt Book: A Compilation of Over One Hundred Receipts, Adapted to the Times

West & Johnston
Richmond, VA: West & Johnston 1863 Dewey Dec. 641

“Even the most frugal cooks found it difficult to put food on the table under the Confederacy. Naval blockades prevented most foods from reaching the South, who was more used to growing cotton and tobacco than food. Cooks needed to adapt their recipes to what was readily available, and this booklet offered suggestions such as adding starchy rice or potatoes to breads to reduce the amount of flour needed. It was printed in Richmond, Virgina on polka-dot wallpaper since regular paper was in short supply.”- Eric Colleary, “The American Table” website

An Introduction to Nutrition: A Functional Approach!

Zimmerman, Maureen; Snow, Beth
Independent 2012

“Written for students who are not majoring in nutrition, but want to learn about the fundamental aspects of nutrition and how it applies to their own lives.” -Open Textbook Library Website


Wine & Drinks

Beverages – Wines and Spirits Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Beverages – Wines and Spirits.

The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol

Burns, Eric
Temple Univ. 2004 Dewey Dec. 394.1

Burns “presents an enjoyable and informative examination of the role of alcoholic beverages in American society.” -Libr J

The Joy of Drinking

Holland, Barbara
Bloomsbury 2007 Dewey Dec. 394.1

“Mixing fact, fable, anecdote, and personal opinion with irresistible panache, cultural historian Barbara Holland’s book distills thousands of years of humankind’s lusty relationship with alcohol … into a slim, sparkling history.” -Elle

How to Mix Drinks, Or, The Bon-Vivant’s Companion

Containing clear and reliable directions for mixing all the beverages used in the United States, together with the most popular British, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish recipes, embracing punches, juleps, cobblers, etc. etc.

Thomas, Jerry
NY: Dick & Fitzgerald 1862 Dewey Dec. 641

“As the first major recipe book exclusively on cocktails published in the United States, this volume has achieved mythic status for modern-day mixologists. Also known as The Bar-Tender’s Guide, this book offers the basic approaches to making cocktails that is still used today.” – Eric Colleary, “The American Table” website