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Current News

April 2015

The modern era meets the past.  The Mississippi Community Cookbook Project is now on Facebook and we will be posting curious recipes from the past every week!  You can visit the Facebook page at

If you have not checked out Andrew Haley's account of his Mississippi cookbook road trip, take a look.  It is posted in our essay collection.

We are always excited to hear from folks as fascinated with Mississippi's culinary past as we are.  Recently, Carolyn Terry, the founder of the Apron Museum in Iuka, Mississippi, sent us a few pages from her battered and beloved copy of the Greenwood Woman's Club Cook Book.  It is a cookbook that I have struggled to date and was excited to learn that Ms. Terry's copy has a handwritten inscription from 1927.  (A page of poems from her cookbook can be viewed in the right-hand column.)

March 2015

The first round of student projects are in (see below) and another round has started.  If you have any information about the following cookbooks, please share with our students.

January 2015

This semester, students in American Studies and history are working on essays for the Mississippi Community Cookbook Project.  Their contributions will grow the site dramatically.  If you have any information on the following cookbooks and want to contact these students, please do.  They would love to hear from you.

Proof of the Pudding, N.D.

Woman's Club Cook Book, c. 1927



Past News

We are continuing to digitize new cookbooks.  Some of the cookbooks coming soon include The Globetrotters’ Cook Book (Jackson, 1959), Kissin’ Don’t Last (Jackson, 1950s or 1960s); Cookery Do, and Circle Fare (Jackson, 1950s or 1960s)

Special thanks to everyone in the Vicksburg community who has joined our search for African American cookbooks.  I am especially grateful to Pastor Arnita Spencer of Bethel A.M.E, Shawn Davis of TrainSpree, and Yolande Robbins of the Jacqueline House Museum

On October 9th, Andrew P. Haley officially introduced the Mississippi Community Cookbook Project with a talk on African Africans and community cookbooks titled "The Disappearing Cook."  Food prepared from a 1950s community cookbook, Coahoma Cooking, was served to the forty guests who attended the talk.  Thank you for all the support.

On Wednesday, November 12, WDAM television ran a short piece on the Mississippi Community Cookbook Project and the following week Southern Miss Now also posted a video.  In response, Mississippians have donated over forty cookbooks to the collection.  We are deeply grateful for all the support we are receiving.

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