!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! y'all!!!! exciting old cookbook news!!!!!!!
the university of san antonio has digitized their collection of early mexican and mexican-american cookbooks and put them up for people to freely access!!! going back to handwritten recipe books from 1789!!!!!
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dozens-old-mexican-cookbooks-now-available-online-180974186/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia&fbclid=IwAR2hPAJvSYgsTm4qQ8JCqZXVpraieHlNSsfHZx0Z9pnLZHTQwsZd9e-I4Sc is an article about it, https://digital.utsa.edu/digital/collection/p15125coll10/id/14606/rec/42 is a direct link to the oldest manuscript, same as pictured below!
i would be more excited by this if i actually understood any spanish but as it is i'm still pretty excited about it
here's probably the best link to the overall collection - https://libguides.utsa.edu/MXcookbooks
and here's the link to the digitized books more directly - https://digital.utsa.edu/digital/collection/p15125coll10/search/searchterm/mexican%20cookbooks/field/subcol/mode/all/conn/or
there's a lot of notebooks and handwritten things, too!!!
like this manuscript https://digital.utsa.edu/digital/collection/p15125coll10/id/14527 which is basically a family recipe book, with recipes in english and spanish of many different cuisines, multiple different writers, and even a whole bunch of recipes clipped out from advertisements in the back!!! THERE'S EVEN A RECIPE WRITTEN ON THE BACK OF AN ENVELOPE THIS IS FANTASTIC
@wigglytuffitout OH FUCK YES 👀
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@wigglytuffitout yesssss this is so fucking exciting!!
@wigglytuffitout oh that's fascinating!
@wigglytuffitout secondary coolness: the Smithsonian article cites Atlas Obscura as the original source of the story.
@wigglytuffitout holy shit!!!!!
@wigglytuffitout i cannot wait to try out some of these recipes
@wigglytuffitout this absolutely fucking rules! food is such an important insight into a culture and i can't say how hype i get about old digitized cookbooks and such a old and big library is so hecking important
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