I love finding spiral-bound cookbooks at used bookstores. Often compiled by community groups, they’re compelling time capsules of local eating cultures. So I’m enjoying the Food and Drink in History database, a trove of digitized cookbooks and other materials from 1514-2015. Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) technology enables full-text searches of manuscript cookbooks, which show touching signs of use like food stains. There are many other source types (ads, radio broadcasts, food labels, menus, etc.) organized by theme (“Food and Gender”, “Taste and Appetite”, etc.). Recommended if you’re writing a paper on food and identity, want recipe inspiration for winter break baking, or just need to know what’s in the “Nifties” chapter of the 1939 Detroit Public Library staff cookbook Obliged by Hunger.