Behold.. the recipe master index

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Welcome to the ICC Libray’s first entry for the ever popular Throw Back Thursday or #tbt. Every Thursday we hope to offer up a little slice of historic culinary heaven. For our first entry behold the recipe master index!

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Looking for a recipe pre-internet days? Look no further than RecipeX: Every Cook’s Master Index. This tome published in 1989 holds almost 700 pages of listings of recipes. In order to use this book audiences would identify a food item they wanted to use (in the picture above, Sausage) and then find a list of preparations and variations of that main ingredient in the first column. The capitalized letters in the second column are abbreviations of over 50 cookbooks that the index refers to. The third column is the page number where the recipe can be found. Simple right? Luckily for cooks and chefs alike we now have websites like Eat Your Books.

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