Cooking & Food

start here with your library card

Apply online to receive a Library Card Number that you can use immediately to access our eCollection and public computers.  This card number is good for 2 years.  Visit any Memphis Public Library with your documentation requirements to check out physical items. (Customers age 13 and up are invited to apply online.)

Visit our Start Here page for more details on obtaining a Library Card.

cooking & food ebooks (libby/overdrive)

Avoid the non-stop ads and frustrating search for the actual recipe. Check out cookbooks from Libby/OverDrive.

Library Card required.  Sign up for one online and use it immediately.

food & cooking emagazines

Keep up to date on all the current cooking trends by checking out these food and cooking magazines from OverDrive.

Library Card required.  Sign up for one online and use it immediately.

dig memphis – restaurant and menu collection

Explore old menus from Memphis restaurants still standing and long gone. The culinary history of Memphis is as strong and proud as the legacy of our musical heritage and as diverse as the sounds that have been recorded here. Visit the collection HERE.

library newsstand

Newspapers are home to recipes and food reviews. Visit the Library Newsstand for access to several newspapers:

  • The Commercial Appeal from 1894 up to today’s current issue.
  • The Daily Memphian (free access inside any Library).
  • The New York Times digital edition.

cookbooks @ the library

We have THOUSANDS of cookbooks of all types. Browse our collection of cookbooks, place them on hold and have them delivered to your closest branch.

Library Card required.  Sign up for one online and use it immediately.

james beard book award winners

The James Beard Foundation Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their field. The Awards are presented by The James Beard Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to furthering the appreciation and practice of fine food and beverage. View our catalog list HERE and check them out!

culinary arts (gale onefile)

Gale OneFile: Culinary Arts offers a variety of information from major cooking and nutrition magazines as well as book reference content from Delmar.


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