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Edited: Mar 7, 2009, 4:23pm Top

Formerly COOKING Includes cookbooks and herbs and spices (e.g., Salt).

Edited: Mar 7, 2009, 11:34pm Top

Off the top of my head.

..Diet cookbooks
..Ethnic Cookbooks
..Holiday cookbooks
..Cookbooks for medical conditions
...et al
..Cookbooks of food specifics
...Herbs and spices
.History of food and specific foods
.Cooking utensils
..Information and history
..Cookbooks using a gvien utensil
..Mixing drinks
..Wine books
..Beer books
..Other drinks
.Culture of eating, geography, the Table, sociology, etiquette
.Restaurant guides (maybe should be under travel)

edited to include comment from #3 & #5; then 8 & 9.

Mar 7, 2009, 10:20am Top

The content notes should probably mention that herbs and spices, as they relate to food and cooking, should be included. So, the book Salt should go in food history. Books on growing herbs though should go in gardening.

Mar 7, 2009, 4:23pm Top

>3 jjwilson61: Thanks, I edited :)

Mar 7, 2009, 5:17pm Top

I think we need a separate section for cookbooks where the appliance is the unifying factor (e.g. cookbooks using the slow cooker, microwave, food processor, etc.). Also a section for cookbooks by nationality.

Does nutrition fit in here or is that part of health or medicine?

Mar 7, 2009, 5:41pm Top


I agree with you on an appliance delimiter for food books.
Some books on nutrition are so filled with recipes that the information on real health seems almost subsidiary. These books (my wife gets books like this all the time) should be in this category. Obviously some of these books are on the cusp.

Mar 7, 2009, 5:51pm Top

We have cookbooks at work that are aimed at people with various health problems (diabetes, heart problems, celiac) that are in R (LC's medicine section) with the nutrition stuff and all the other cookbooks are in TX (technology - food). Is this a reasonable division? Is it something we want the OSC to continue? I think it does users a disservice - more logical to have a "cooking for people with health issues" section in this category.

Edited: Mar 7, 2009, 8:03pm Top

Maybe "Medical Diet" Cookbooks - on par with Diet Cookbooks and Ethnic Cookbooks. I think all the cookbooks should be relatively near each other regardless of the sub-aim of the cookbook.

Mar 7, 2009, 11:02pm Top

A couple of categories that are probably needed:

Food & cooking essays
Entertaining (this possibly could go under House and Home instead, but these books tend to be very food related)

Mar 20, 2009, 10:48am Top

Please check out this thread (http://www.librarything.com/topic/60594) for a link to the new OSC blog and a call for specific volunteer involvement. Thanks!


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