The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Local Cookbooks Have Always Been Popular


Title page from The Ladies of Brevard Baptist Church cookbook, published circa 1930.

Culinary arts have boomed in popularity over the last several years. Whether watching the latest cooking program on television, reading popular fiction such as Diane Mott Davidson's culinary mysteries, browsing through cookbooks, or looking for recipes online, people enjoy food and cooking.

A look at the 641.5 section in the Local History Room at the library indicates that the popularity of cooking and recipe collecting is not new though. The collection includes more than 50 cookbooks created by local groups.

The oldest local cookbook in this collection is "Brevard Cook Book" edited by...

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