Leeds University Library

Cooks and their Books: Collecting Cookery Books in Leeds

Published 27 June 2017

Hannah Wolley, The Queen-like Closet, London, 1675

An exhibition showcasing highlights from the University Library Cookery Collection. Opens 1st September 2017

Friday 1 September 2017 - Wednesday 31 January 2018

Discover how recipes have been copied, compiled and collected through the centuries and learn how attitudes to food have changed over time. This exhibition showcases highlights from the Cookery Collection, established in 1939 when Blanche Legat Leigh donated her cookery books to Leeds University Library. Items on display include Renaissance texts illustrating kitchen furniture and utensils and the first edition of Beeton's Book of Household Management. 

Join us for the exhibition celebration on Tuesday 5th September, 6pm. 

Associated events

Hannah Wolley, The Queen-like Closet (detail), London, 1675
Exhibition Celebration - Cooks and their Books
Tuesday 5 September 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery
Charles Carter, The London and Country Cook (detail), 1749
A Taste of Leeds - Lunchtime talk
Thursday 21 September 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court
A selection of Mrs Beeton books on display in the 'Cooks and their Books' exhibition
Badly cooked dinners and untidy ways: A look at Victorian cookbooks
Saturday 14 October 2017 10:30 - 12:30
Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court
Bartolomeo Scappi, Opera dell'arte del cucinare, 1570
From Medieval Feasts to Microwaveable Treats: Food through the Ages
Friday 19 January 2018 14:00 - 16:00
Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Parkinson Court