Tuesday 12 July 2011

Two lovely things from Lapham's

I wish I had reading room in my life for a print subscription to Lapham's Quarterly, but I'd knee-deep in unread New Yorkers as it is.

Thankfully, Lapham's are very generous with their online sharing. With each issue they make a mix of the historical and contemporary content available straightaway; so for the latest food-themed edition you can get Deborah Blum's Death and the Pot (2011) alongside a c. 29BC Roman piece.

In a new venture, Lapham's are sharing a bibliography of the books that were used to pull together each issue; so the food-themed issue list includes The Kitchen Notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci, The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker by Tobias Smollett and Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl.

Alongside that, the blog this week features one of the best job titles I've seen in a while: Culinary Collections Librarian and Electronic Resources Coordinator. It belongs to Rebecca Federman, who holds that august position at the New York Public Library, and she's guest blogged for Lapham's on The Fried Chicken War. The post draw on the NYPL's awesome programme to crowdsource the transcription of their menu collection, What's on the menu?

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