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Community cookbooks are a city directory of women. They can include:
- Organization or religious affiliation
- Hints regarding familial relationships and ethnic background
- Community advertisements
- Food history
- Organization history
They are a wonderful source for researching women from the late 19th century to the present day. The problem is in finding the community cookbooks you need. In some cases, it could be a home source. Otherwise, looking in a variety of places including libraries, eBay, and local used bookstores can be a good start.
Legacy Webinars - Researching Women: Community Cookbooks and What They Tell US About Our Ancestors
Bower, Anne. Recipes for Reading: Community Cookbooks, Stories, Histories. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.