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Historic Recipe File

For over 20 years, from the 1960s until the 1980s, Milwaukee Public Library librarians clipped hundreds of recipes from the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel. They were used at Ready Reference to answer telephone questions before recipes were available online.

The Historic Recipe File digital collection is comprised of the clipped recipes. Many favorite foods appear in this collection providing a fascinating glimpse into the local and ethnic foods that were popular in Milwaukee's past. 

This digital collection is a work in progress and recipes appear as they are converted into digital files. If you have questions about this collection, please contact MPL’s Business & Technology Department at (414) 286-3051.

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Vegetable Simple: a Cookbook
Vegetable Simple: a Cookbook
by Eric Ripert

In Vegetable Simple, Ripert turns his singular culinary imagination to vegetables: their beauty, their earthiness, their nourishing qualities, and the many ways they can be prepared.

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Making Vegan Meat
Making Vegan Meat
by Mark Thompson

An original type of cookbook for those looking to make juicy burgers, sizzling BBQ ribs, and fried chicken, all from the power of fruits and vegetables.

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Dada Loves to Cook It
Dada Loves to Cook It
by Rodale Books

100+ indulgent meals and treats from the vegan- and keto-friendly rising star, all made with whole, unprocessed ingredients, including viral hits like brookie (brownie/cookie) pie and chocolate chip tahini cake"--

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Linda McCartney's Family Kitchen
Linda McCartney's Family Kitchen
by Linda McCartney

Join the McCartney family for a feast of nearly 100 sustainable, plant-based recipes to save the planet and nourish the soul, in this deeply personal cookbook from Paul, Mary, and Stella honoring their late wife and mother, Linda McCartney

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Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health
Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health
by Gregory Gourdet

The Top Chef star revolutionizes healthy eating in this groundbreaking cookbook. The ultimate guide to cooking globally inspired dishes free of gluten, dairy, soy, legumes, and grains.

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We Are What We Eat
We Are What We Eat
by Alice Waters

From chef and food activist Alice Waters, an impassioned plea for a radical reconsideration of the way each and every one of us cooks and eats.

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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide
World Travel: An Irreverent Guide
by Anthony Bourdain

A guide to some of the world&;s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain

Zoë Bakes Cakes: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Favorite Layers, Bundts, Loaves, and More
Zoë Bakes Cakes: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Favorite Layers, Bundts, Loaves, and More
by François, Zoë

Expert baker and bestselling author behind Zoë François, explores her favorite dessert--cakes!--with more than 100 recipes.

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Simply Julia
Simply Julia
by Turshen, Julia

New York Times bestselling cookbook author Julia Turshen returns with her first collection of recipes featuring a healthier take on the simple, satisfying comfort food for which she's known.

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The Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook: One Grocery List. a Week of Meals. No Waste.
The Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook: One Grocery List. a Week of Meals. No Waste.
by America's Test Kitchen

5 meal plans and 130 recipes strike just the right balance of guidance and flexibility for simple (but realistic) meal planning