A research guide for students enrolled in history courses at UMA.

History of Food, Cooking, and Flavors

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Libraries' resources

Maine-specific resources

These resources can be found at the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collection & Archives at the Bowdoin College Library in Brunswick, ME.

Maine Charitable Cookbook Collection
This collection contains more than 400 cookbooks created and published by church, community, and other charitable organizations in Maine dating from the 19th century to the present. While the collection is focused primarily on Brunswick and its immediate surroundings, communities throughout the state are represented. The collection is uncataloged and only partially inventoried.

Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery
The Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery is a comprehensive gathering of more than 700 printed American cookery books, dating from the eighteenth through early twentieth century. The strength of the collection is from the Colonial era through 1900, though important works through 1960 are integrated. The collection was assembled by Clifford Apgar and is named after Esta Kramer, who made a generous gift to the College to enable its acquisition in 2015. The collection represents every type and style of American cookbook to emerge between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, which includes: cookbooks for every social and economic level, regional cuisines, quantity cooking, single subject books, cooking with few ingredients, réchauffage or cooking with leftovers, economic cooking, appliance and gadget cookery, foreign cuisines, professional chef books, banqueting, diet books, market guides, seasonal cooking, product promotion cookbooks, military cooking, vegetarianism, children’s cookbooks, and community cookbooks. 

Food insecurity resources


Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine

SNAP benefits can be used at Farmers' Markets.

Augusta Food Bank


  • UMA Community Gardens - Augusta and Bangor
  • Food for Thought @ UMA Bangor - "All UMA community members are encouraged to use the pantry.  At the end of last semester [Fall 2019] I was able to partner with the Good Shepherd Food Bank and we are now able to have a greater offering of food for the community."
  • Community Cupboard @ UMA Augusta


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