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Top 5 Online Resources for Free Vintage Cookbooks

My Pioneer Cookbook Adventure: It’s 18th century week at The Purple Almond. In this article, I’m sharing the best free online resources for vintage recipes and cookbooks.

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I’m celebrating my interest in pioneer cooking and recipes this week. In addition to the 18th century recipe I’m posting each morning this week, I wanted to share some online resources I’ve discovered in my search for vintage cookbooks.

A few months ago, I began collecting vintage cookbooks, but very quickly found a slight problem, they are VERY EXPENSIVE. I turned to the internet to find online, ebook versions of these cookbooks. Many national libraries, and online search engines, such as Google Books, and Project Gutenberg have gone to great lengths to scan these treasures into an ebook format for the masses to enjoy.

Below is a list of the five best free online libraries of vintage cookbooks. These  resources typically have a range of cookbooks, from pre-1700’s, sometimes earlier to 20th century vintage or antique books. I hope you enjoy! I’ll be choosing one of the early books to cook from in the near future!



Vintage Cookbooks

This site contains a library of cookbooks from

pre-1800’s up through 1939.


Feeding America

This site is The Historic American Cookbook Project from Michigan State University. They have cookbooks from 1798 through 1922. An absolutely amazing site.

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 Library of Congress Rare Books

& Special Collections

The Library of Congress has digitized versions of dozens of antique cookbooks dating back to the 1500’s up through the 1900’s. Definitely worth a look!


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This site is phenomenal.

The earliest book they have is from 1529 and also have books through the 1960’s.



Google Books

This is probably the best resource, if you’re looking for vintage books, or any free online books. This is a link to Google Books advanced search. As long as you put in the correct search parameters, you should be able to find what you want.

Closing thoughts

There you have it. These are the sites I turn to when searching for vintage recipes and cookbooks. If you have one you’d like to add, let me know. I hope you enjoy looking through these as much as I do.

Until next time…Namaste my friends


About Tamara Hoerner (1303 Articles)
Welcome to The Purple Almond! My name is Tamara Hoerner. I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

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