The Ann Arbor District Library, the Washtenaw County Historical Society, the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor Hadassah have entered into a partnership to create Ann Arbor Cooks, an online collection of digitized cookbooks published by Ann Arbor churches and organizations.
The Washtenaw County Historical Society provided the core collection of cookbooks from their archives at the Museum on Main Street. The Society will play a continuing role in enhancing the online collection with more items from the archives as well as digitized images from their extensive collection of cooking arts utensils.
Ann Arbor Cooks also presents a complete set of digital copies of the renowned newsletter, Repast, a publication of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor. The CHAA, founded in 1983, conducts scholarly research in culinary history as well as providing an opportunity for meeting members, guests, speakers, and other contributors. Jan and Dan Longone as well as Repast Editor Randy Schwartz provided exceptional support and guidance on all aspects of this project.
Ann Arbor Hadassah contributed two beautifully illustrated and annotated cookbooks to the digital collection and will present programs at the Library that highlight the history of Jewish cooking and community in Ann Arbor.
The website highlights local growers, local food clubs and classes and special events for everyday cooks, aspiring chefs and food lovers.