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The Hilton Library has Open Stacks which means you can browse the shelves to select books.

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    • Students - 4 weeks
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Layout of the Hilton Library Book Stacks

The Library's book stacks are organized by the Library of Congress Classification.  The book collection begins on the 4th floor of the library and continues down through the following two floors. 

Bldg. Level    Call Nos.    Subjects
4th floor A - HE History (incl. food history & customs), psychology, economics.
3rd floor    HF - TT Wines, brewing, food processing, agriculture, science, business, social sciences, arts, literature.
2nd floor TX - Z Culinary arts, cookbooks, baking and pastry, mixology.

Culinary Call Numbers

The majority of books on culinary arts are shelved in subclass TX of the Library of Congress Classification.  Subcategories within this subclass include the following:

      TX341-641 – Nutrition. Foods and food supply

      TX642-840 Cooking

      TX851-885 – Dining-room service

      TX901-946 – Hospitality industry. Hotels, clubs, restaurants.  Food service

      TX950-953 – Taverns, bars, saloons  

Other useful call number subgroups for culinary topics include:

      GT– Food history and customs

      HD – Industries. Land Use. Labor

      HF – Commerce

      RM – Diets, healthy eating

      SB – Farming, plant culture, gardening, viticulture

      SF – Animal culture (cheese, dairy, poultry, meat, beekeeping, honey)

      SH - Aquaculture

      TP – Food processing & manufacturing, winemaking, brewing

New Arrivals

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Watermelon and Red Birds : A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations

The very first cookbook to celebrate Juneteenth, from food writer and cookbook author Nicole A. Taylor.

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Onigiri : Japanese rice balls made easy!

Ai Watanabe and Samuel Trifot, founders of the popular restaurant Gili-Gili, present thirty-six delicious recipes showcasing the irresistible and versatile onigiri.

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The nutmeg trail : recipes and stories along the ancient spice routes

Eleanor Ford uses recipes as maps as she takes readers on a culinary journey through history.

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Saka Saka : adventures in African cooking, south of the Sahara

Chef Anto showcases African cuisines through 80 recipes from Gabon, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Congo, and Ethiopia.

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Ammu : Indian home-cooking to nourish your soul

A new cookbook from the star of Netflix's Chef's Table featuring comforting aromatic Indian flavors.

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Small victories : recipes, advice + hundreds of ideas for home-cooking triumphs

Recipes designed to demystify the process of truly great cooking.

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My America : recipes from a young Black chef

A cookbook celebrating the food of the African diaspora from the James Beard Award-winning author of Notes from a Young Black Chef.

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Portugal : the cookbook

Celebrate Portugal's vibrant, globally-influenced - and influential - food culture via more than 550 classic and contemporary recipes.

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The wok : recipes and techniques

Author J. Kenji López-Alt returns with the definitive English-language guide to the science and technique of cooking in a wok.

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Korean American : food that tastes like home

An homage to what it means to be Korean American with more than 85 recipes that explore new culinary traditions.

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Simply Julia : 110 easy recipes for healthy comfort food

A new collection from Julia Turshen of simple yet inspired recipes for the kind of flavorful yet unfussy food we all want to make at home.

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The world atlas of beer : the essential guide to the beers of the world

The definitive guide to world beer fully updated for a third edition.

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Avatar the Last Airbender the official cookbook : recipes from the Four Nations

A collection of 60+ recipes inspired by the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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A place at the Nayarit : how a Mexican restaurant nourished a community

The hidden history of the Nayarit, a neighborhood restaurant in Los Angeles, founded in 1951.

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Septime, La Cave, Clamato, D'une Île

An evocative, intimate food monograph by the duo behind one of the most acclaimed restaurant collections in France.

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Sweetie Pie's cookbook : soulful southern recipes, from my family to yours

The owner of the wildly popular Sweetie Pie's restaurant, shares recipes for her renowned soul food.

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Yawd : modern Afro-Caribbean recipes

In his first cookbook, Top Chef Canada star Adrian Forte shares more than 100 inspiring and delicious recipes to get you fired up in the kitchen.

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The Miller's Daughter : unusual flours & heritage grains

Eighty recipes and candid stories that celebrate community, agriculture, sustainability, and the place of grains at every table.

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Paon : real Balinese cooking

Two Balinese cooks shine a light on the depth and diversity of Balinese cuisine, with insight into food and worship, sacred fare, and zero-waste cooking.

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Debating your plate : the most controversial foods and ingredients

An objective, well-balanced look at the health benefits and risks of the most controversial foods and ingredients.

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