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Katherine Golden Bitting Collection

Publications and manuscripts on gastronomy, 15th through 20th centuries

Between 1939 and 1944 Dr. Arvill Wayne Bitting presented to the Library of Congress the 4,346-volume gastronomic collection assembled by his wife, Katherine Golden Bitting (1868-1937), food chemist for the Department of Agriculture and the American Canners Association and author of nearly fifty pamphlets and articles on food preservation and related topics. To facilitate her investigations, as the Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress (1940) states, she collected "materials on the sources, preparation, and consumption of foods, their chemistry, batereriology, preservations, etc., from earliest times to the present day." The Bitting Collection containing numerous English and American publications on food preparation from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and a sampling of notable French, German, and Italian works. American regional cooking is well-documented. The treasure of the collection is a mid-fifteenth century Italian manuscript entitled "Libro de arte coquinaria" of Maestro Martino which was a source for the earliest printed cookbook, Platina's De Honesta Voluptate (ca. 1475). Leonard N. Beck discusses the manuscript in his article "Praise Is Due Bartolomeo Platine: A Note on the Librarian Author of the First Cookbook" in QJLC, V.32 July 1975, p. 238-253

Digitized Materials From the Katherine Golding Bitting Collection

A Apple Pie

A Apple Pie by Kate Greenaway. London; New York: F. Warne, [1900].
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Cuisinier econome. Archambault. Cuisinier économe. Paris, A la Librairie du commerce, chez Renard, 1825.
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Art du limonadier. Art du limonadier. Paris, Galland, libraire, [Impr. de P. N. Rougeron] 1804.
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Maison regleé Audiger. Maison regleé. Paris, M. Brunet, 1692.
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Breviare du gastronome Audot, L.-E. (Louis-Eustache), 1783-1870. Bréviaire du gastronome utile et récréatif,. Paris, Audot [18-].
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Cuisiniere de la campagne et de la ville. Audot, Louis Eustache. Cuisiniere de la campagne et de la ville. Paris, Audot, 1859.
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Bastiment de receptes Bastiment de receptes. A Lyon, A Lescu de Coloigne, 1541.
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Two loaf-givers. Beck, Leonard. Two loaf-givers : or a tour through the gastronomic libraries of Katherine Golden Bitting and Elizabeth Robins Pennell.
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Book of household management. Beeton, Mrs. (Isabella Mary), 1836-1865. Book of household management. London, S. O. Beeton, 1861.
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La gastronomie Berchoux, J. de (Joseph), 1762-1838. La gastronomie; ou, L’homme des champs à table, pour servir de suite à L’homme des champs, par J. Delille.
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Gastronomic bibliography Bitting, Katherine Golden. Gastronomic bibliography.
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Cuisiniere des menages Blanquet, Rosalie. [from old catalog] Cuisiniere des menages. Paris, A. Demay [n.d.]
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The American woman's home. Beecher, Catharine Esther, 1800-1878. The American woman's home: or, Principles of domestis science; being a guide to the formation and maintenance of economical, healthful, beautiful, and Christian homes. New York, J.B. Ford and company; Boston, H.A. Brown & co.; [etc., etc.] 1869.
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La gastronomie Berchoux, J. de (Joseph), 1762-1838. La gastronomie; ou, L'homme des champs à table, pour servir de suite à L'homme des champs, par J. Delille.
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Les delices de la campagne Bonnefons, Nicolas de. Les delices de la campagne. Paris, A. Cellier, 1662.
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The country housewife and lady’s director Bradley, Richard, 1688-1732. The country housewife and lady's director. Dublin, Printed by J. Watts, 1727.
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Dictionnaire des alimens, vins et liqueurs Briand. Dictionnaire des alimens, vins et liqueurs.
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Le calendrier gastronomique pour l’anneé 1867 : les 365 menus du baron Brisse : un menu par jour. Brisse, Leon, baron, 1813-1876. Le calendrier gastronomique pour l’anneé 1867 : les 365 menus du baron Brisse : un menu par jour. Paris : Bureaux de la Liberté, 1867.
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British jewel The British jewel; or, Complete housewife's best companion ... London, Printed and sold by J. Miller, 1769.
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Dissertation sur le cacao Buc’hoz, Pierre-Joseph, 1731-1807. Dissertation sur le cacao. À Paris, chez F. J. Desoer, 1787.
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Dissertation sur le cafe Buc’hoz, Pierre-Joseph, 1731-1807. Dissertation sur le café. À Paris, chez F. J. Desoer, 1787.
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Art de la cuisine francaise au dix-neuvieme siecle Carème, M. A. (Marie Antonin), 1784-1833. Art de la cuisine francaise au dix-neuvieme siecle. Paris : Au dépot de librairie, 1858.
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Cheap receipts and hints on cookery Cheap receipts and hints on cookery; collected for distribution amongst the Irish peasantry in 1847. Armagh, Printed by J. M’Watters, 1847.
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Frugal housewife. Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880. Frugal housewife. Dedicated to those who are not ashamed of economy. Boston, Marsh & Capen, and Carter & Hendee, 1829.
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Art de la cuisine. Chemin, Ch. Art de la cuisine. Paris, E. Bernard, 1899.
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Complete confectioner and family cook. Ciard, John. Complete confectioner and family cook. Edinburgh: John Anderson, 1809.
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Le cuisinier gascon Le cuisinier gascon. Amsterdam, 1740.
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Compleat Cook Compleat Cook. London, 1656.
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Kettner's book of the table Dallas, E. S. (Eneas Sweetland), 1828-1879. Kettner's book of the table.
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A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol; With Illustrations by A. C. Michael.
New York: Hodder and Stoughton, [1911].
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Dictionnaire portatif de cuisine Dictionnaire portatif de cuisine, d’office, et de distillation; contenant la maniere de préparer toutes sortes de viandes. Paris, Vincent, 1767.
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Cuisine de tous les pays Dubois, Urbain, 1818-1901. Cuisine de tous les pays. Paris, E. Dentu, 1868.
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Almanach des gourmands Dumas, François Guillaume. Almanach des gourmands pour 1862. Paris, Librairie Nilsson.
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Castel of Helth Elyot, Thomas, Sir, 1490?-1546. Castel of Helth.
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French cookery : the modern cook. Francatelli, Charles Elmé, 1805-1876. French cookery: the modern cook. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1846.
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Les classiques de la table. Paris, Au Dépôt, Dentu; [etc., etc.] 1843 [Fayot, Alfred Charles Frédéric], 1797-1861, [from old catalog] ed. Les classiques de la table. Paris, Au Dépôt, Dentu; [etc., etc.] 1843.
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Art of Distillation French, John, 1616-1657. Art of Distillation.
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Disertacion en recomendacion y defensa García de la Leña, Cecilio, 1726-1793. Recomendacion y Defensa del Famoso Vino Malagueño Pero Ximen y Modo de Formarlo ... Malaga: ... por Luis de Carreras ..., año 1792.
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An outline of domestic science, embracing 80 lessons ... Gladfelter, Lisbeth M. An outline of domestic science, embracing 80 lessons ... [St. Louis]: L.M. Gladfelter, 1898.
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Art of Cookery Glasse, Hannah, 1708-1770. The art of cookery made plain and easy; excelling any thing of the kind ever yet published ... A new ed., with modern improvements. Alexandria: Printed by Cottom and Stewart, and sold at their Book-Stores, in Alexandria and Fredericksburg, 1805.
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Gerard, John. The herball: or, Generall historie of plantes. Gathered by John Gerarde ... very much enlarged and amended by Thomas Johnson ...
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Art of dining; or, Gastronomy and gastronomers. Hayward, A. (Abraham), 1801-1884. Art of dining; or, Gastronomy and gastronomers. London, J. Murray, 1853.
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Cook and housewife's manual Johnstone, C. I. (Christian Isobel), 1781-1857. Cook and housewife's manual. Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd ; London : Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1837.
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Collection of above three hundred receipts in cookery, physick Kettilby, Mary. Collection of above three hundred receipts in cookery, physick ... London: Printed for the executrix of Mary Kettilby, and sold by W. Parker ..., 1734.
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Cook's oracle Kitchiner, William. Cook's oracle. London, J. Hatchard [etc.] 1818.
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Bastiment de receptes A Lyon, A Lescu de Coloigne, 1541. Bastiment de receptes. A Lyon, A Lescu de Coloigne, 1541.
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Festin joyeaux, ou, La cuisine en musique, en vers libres ... Lebas, J. Festin joyeaux, ou, La cuisine en musique, en vers libres ... Paris, 1738.
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Le nouveau recueil de curiositez rares & nouvelles des plus admirables effets de la nature & de l’art Lémery, Nicolas, 1645-1715. Le Nouveau Recueil de Curiositez Rares & Nouvelles des Plus Admirables Effets de la Nature & de l’art À Leide: Chez Pierre Vander Aa ..., 1685.
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Cookery and pastry. Maciver, Susannah. Cookery and pastry. Edinburgh, C. Elliot; 1784.
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Le manuel de la friandise. Le manuel de la friandise.. Paris, Janet, 1796 et 1797.
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Les dons de comus. [Marin, François], active 1739. [from old catalog]. Les dons de comus.. Paris, Prault, fils, 1739.
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English House-wife Markham, Gervase, 1568?-1637. English House-wife.
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The court and country cook. Massialot, François, approximately 1660-1733. The court and country cook: giving new and plain directions how to order all manner of entertainments, and the best sort of the most exquisite a-la-mode ragoo's.. London, Printed by W. Onley, for A. and F. Churchill [etc.] 1702.
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Art of modern cookery displayed Menon, active 18th century. Art of modern cookery displayed. London, The translator, 1767.
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Les soupers de la cour. [Menon], active 18th century. Les soupers de la cour; ou, L'art de travailler toutes sortes d'alimens ... Paris, Guillyn, 1755.
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Traité historique et pratique de la cuisine. [Menon], active 18th century. Traité historique et pratique de la cuisine. Paris, C.J.B. Bauche, 1758.
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Five hundred new receipts in cookery Middleton, John (Cook). Five hundred new receipts in cookery, confectionary, pastry, preserving, conserving, pickling; and the several branches of these arts necessary to be known by all good housewives.. London, T. Asley, 1734.
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In the kitchen. [Miller, Elizabeth Smith], 1822-1911. [from old catalog]. In the Kitchen. Boston, Lee and Shepard; New York, Lee, Shepard, and Dillingham, 1875.
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Art of cookery made easy and refined Mollard, John. Art of cookery made easy and refined. London, J. Nunn, 1808.
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De arte bibendi Opsopäus, Vincentius. De arte bibendi Lvgd. Batav., 1648.
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107 Recettes. Poiret, Paul, [from old catalog] comp. 107 Recettes. Paris, H. Jonquières, 1928.
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Code de la bonne chere Pomiane, Edouard de, 1875-1964. Code de la bonne chere. Paris : Albin Michel, [19--].
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Compleat Cook Queens closet opened. London, 1656.
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L'art de conserver et d'employer les fruits. Quentin, Pierre. L'art de conserver et d'employer les fruits: contenant tous les procédés les plus économiques pour les confire et pour composer les liqueurs, sirops, glaces, boissons de ménage, etc. : pour faire suite à La cuisinière de la campagne et de la ville. Paris : Audot, 1823.
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American domestic cookery Rundell, Maria Eliza Ketelby, 1745-1828. American domestic cookery, formed on principles of economy, for the use of private families. By an experienced housekeeper. Baltimore: Published by Fielding Lucas, Jun., R. J. Matchett, Printer, 1819.
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American domestic cookery Rundell, Maria Eliza Ketelby, 1745-1828. New system of domestic cookery. London, Printed by S. Hamilton for J. Murray; [etc., etc.] 1810.
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Tout Paris au Cafe Rude, Maxime. Tout-Paris au café.
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The Secretes of the Reverende Mayster Alexis of Piemount: Conteinyng Many Excelle[n]t Remedies Agaynst Dyuers Diseases, Woundes, and Other Accidentes ... Ruscelli, Girolamo, d. ca. 1565. The Secretes of the Reverende Mayster Alexis of Piemount: Conteinyng Many Excelle[n]t Remedies Agaynst Dyuers Diseases, Woundes, and Other Accidentes ..., Londini: [Henry Sutton], anno à virgineo partu 1559, 12 die mens. Nouemb.
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Thorough good cook. Sala, George Augustus. Thorough good cook. London [etc.] Cassell and company, limited, 1895.
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Art de bien faire les glaces d'office. Sieur d'Emy. Art de bien faire les glaces d'office. Paris, Chez Le Clerc, 1768.
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The compleat housewife [Smith, E], cook. The compleat housewife; or, Accomplish'd gentlewoman's companion. London, J. Pemberton, 1730.
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Court cookery, or the complete English cook. Smith, Robert, cook. Court cookery, or the complete English cook. London, T. Wotton, 1725.
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Shilling cookery for the people. Soyer, Alexis, 1809-1858. Shilling cookery for the people. London: Geo. Routledge & Co., 1855.
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Soyer's Culinary Campaign Soyer, Alexis, 1809-1858. Soyer's culinary campaign. Being historical reminiscences of the late war. With the plain wit of cookery for military and civil institutions the army, navy, public, etc. etc. By Alexis Soyer ...
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Conservation de la viande et des matières organiques alimentaires. Tellier, Ch. (Charles), 1828-1913. Conservation de la viande et des matières organiques alimentaires par des moyens naturels. Paris : H. Dunod et E. Pinat, 1913.
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Treatise of cleanness in meats and drinks Tryon, Thomas, 1634-1703. Treatise of cleanness in meats and drinks...
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Antiquitates culinariae Warner, Richard, 1763-1857. Antiquitates culinariae, or, Curious tracts relating to the culinary affairs of the old English, with a preliminary discourse, notes, and illustrations. London : Printed for R. Blamire ..., 1791.
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Queen-like closet. Woolley, Hannah, fl. 1670. [from old catalog]. Queen-like closet. London, R. Chiswel [etc.] 1684.
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