Food History

Sometimes a reference source comes along that is just so helpful you want to shout about it to the world.  Yesterday that happened to me.

As a writer of historical fiction, discovering The Food Timelinefood-timeline1 was a godsend.  Incredibly organized, using a simple timeline with links to a huge collection of other websites, it presents food’s history.  It includes recipes, literary quotes, and lists of resources.  You can learn when popcorn first came on the scene, a recipe for haggis, and tips on how to find an old family recipe.

Of course, the website just had to be designed by a librarian.  Lynne Olver, the site’s creator, is a New Jersey reference librarian with a passion for food history.   Ms. Olver and The Food Timeline have received multiple honors and awards.

Keep in mind — the site is copyrighted.  There’s a paragraph on citations here.

The Food Timeline is free with no subscription, no ads.  Why?  It was conceived and created by a public librarian, a profession that is “devoted to providing fair and equitable access to information regardless of ability to pay.”  What a wonderful statement.  Thanks to Lynne Olver, and all who contributed.

And, in case you haven’t already thought of it, you’ll want to bookmark this one!

→ Have you ever found a site or other reference source so useful that you wanted to shout about it?  Please share!

9 thoughts on “Food History

  1. As you suggested, I bookmarked. Darn, I could have used this a few months ago but will find it useful when I once again pull out that historical that won’t go away.

    Thanks. 🙂

  2. Ah, but I’ve just discovered the hidden wonder of this timeline. It’s not just history. It goes up to the present day and includes such links as a multi-page list of trendy foods from 2007, and a link to President Obama’s Inaugural Luncheon recipes (2009).

    Also, there are links for each state’s most popular foods, restaurant recipes, and definitions of types of foods. And that’s just from skimming. It appears that if you have a question about food, it’s there. Go to the site’s FAQs for more details.

  3. Thanks so much for your comments, Donnell & Nancy. So glad I could pass it on. And I agree, Nancy. I’ve also been looking for a fashion site although the Harper’s Bazaar site has been very useful for me. It’s only19th century fashion, though. Here’s the website…

    Donna, I agree with you about haggis but Deanna Carlyle’s site is definitely going on my bookmarks! I love lists of words, and her’s looks very useful. Thank you for sharing it!

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