|From the LAPL menu database. Part of a menu from the Seven Homes Restaurant in Denmark, circa 1960s.|
Los Angeles Public Library Menu Collection
The first is a database of period restaurant menus at the LA public library. You can search for menus by Keyword, Restaurant, Cuisine, and Date. This is useful in many ways. Not only is this a gem for ephemera buffs and paper props creation, you can also us it to research food history! Wondering what was popular in New York restaurants in the 1930s? Pop onto the database and browse menus from that period. Some of the menus even have images of their restaurant decor and meal selections, what more could you ask for? Take some time and poke around, I'm sure you'll be thrilled with what you find.
Reference librarian Lynne Olver has put together this database which is an invaluable tool for food craftsters. From "a la carte" to "zweiback" hundreds of articles discuss the history of food, and a timeline dating back before the beginnings of agriculture lays it all out. Whether you need to know what Christopher Columbus was lunching on or need a recipe for popcorn balls, you'll find what you need here.