About Bloomsbury Food Library

Bloomsbury Food Library is a growing and vibrant digital resource, home of the Bloomsbury Food Library Core Collection and Global Food Histories, enabling institutions to curate their own bespoke content collections to best suit the needs of their students and scholars.

The Bloomsbury Food Library Core Collection offers widest-ranging existing collection of food studies content it reflects the interdisciplinary nature of this growing subject, making it an essential resource for students, researchers, and scholars studying food, on courses as wide-ranging as history, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, human geography, sustainability, agriculture, culinary arts, literary studies, political science, and development studies. Combining original content from Bloomsbury and licensed content from partner publishers with specially-commissioned research and learning tools and image collections from eminent institutions, Bloomsbury Food Library promises to be the one-stop-shop for anyone studying or working in the field.

Global Food Histories is a unique collection that combines Bloomsbury’s digital excellence with Reaktion Books' market-leading food studies content, featuring over 120 eBooks to support the study of global food cuisine and food history. This rich, cross searchable module brings these key eBooks together in a single online package on an unlimited user basis, made available as part of the Bloomsbury Food Library digital hub.

A shelf of colourful jars of food

Bloomsbury Food Library: Core Collection

Bloomsbury Food Library offers cross-searchable access to a broad and expanding range of encyclopedias, references works, e-books, images, and more:

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Global Food Histories

Global Food Histories is a rich collection of 123 eBooks from Reaktion Books’ market leading food studies catalogue. Content highlights include:

  • Scholarly research on key topics such as global food cuisine, food history and cultural food studies.
  • 85 eBooks from the pioneering Edible Series, featuring illustrations, recipes and reference material.
  • 4 eBooks from the Food Controversies series covering topics such as food waste, fast food and global meat consumption.
  • 8 eBooks from the Food Nations series exploring cultural food histories from countries including India, Vietnam, Italy, America, and more.

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Coming Soon

  • A regular bi-annual schedule of cutting-edge new research to ensure Bloomsbury Food Library remains at the forefront of this diverse field of study.
  • Specially curated pedagogical resources to aid learning including annotated bibliographies and additional lesson plans with links to live online content.
  • An update to the Global Food Histories collection featuring 15 additional titles from the Reaktion Books food list covering topics such as global history, philosophy of food and cultural food studies.