Bowdoin College recently acquired the Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery. The collection consists of over 700 cookbooks from the 1770's through the 1960's, and offers a fascinating look at the history and evolution of cooking in America.
The books are not only being used to for their recipes, but also as primary sources for those studying women's history, the history of technology and agriculture.
The collection is available to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There's also a special exhibit on the second floor of the library right now, called "What to eat and how to cook it," featuring some of the most interesting books in the collection. That will be on display until June 5.