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Blanche Legat Leigh, Lady Mayoress of Leeds in 1936, presented her collection of more than 1,500 historic cookery books to the University Library in 1939. Her gift inspired John F. Preston to donate his own collection of 600 books on food and cookery in the 1960s.

With further bequests and acquisitions, the Cookery Collection has grown in scope and content and is now one of the most significant held in Special Collections at the University of Leeds. In 2005 it was recognised as being of national importance and awarded Designation status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Cooks, compilers and collectors have all contributed to this outstanding bibliographic resource for food enthusiasts. However, the Victorian culinary entrepreneur Mrs A.B. Marshall was of the opinion that, “cookery being a practical art, no perfect cook was ever yet made from mere book study.”

Galleries Assistant Manager Laura Beare talks about these and her other favourite books in the collection at Museum Crush

A Taste of Leeds
Lecture and lunch
Tuesday 23 January 2018

Food historian Peter Brears reveals the contrasting diets of Leeds’ social and occupational groups in the Victorian and Edwardian periods, from the starvation diets of the poor to the great banquets of the wealthy. Peter has advised organisations such as English Heritage and the National Trust about historic food and kitchens and has published widely on the subject of food history. Following the talk you will have the opportunity to view the exhibition, ‘Cooks and their Books: Collecting Cookery Books in Leeds’ before a two-course Yorkshire-themed lunch at University House.

Tickets cost £20 per person. To book your place visit alumni.leeds.ac.uk/tasteofleeds or call 0113 343 6723

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