Historic cookbooks at the Archives and History Library

Cookbooks dating all the way back to 1829 are archived at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History library. Around 80 historic state cookbooks are in the library’s shelf and is available for viewing for all library visitors.

The recipe books range from personal tomes, written in the hand of the homemaker or a compilation of recipes sponsored by a drug store or a food company. There are even recipe books from the Confederate times where recipes from the war are chronicles, along with tips on how to make the most of out rationed food.

Recipes range from family favorites to moonshine to remedies like cough syrup.

The Archives and History Library is open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. For more infomation, call (304) 558-0230 or visit wvculture.org.