Isabella Mary Beeton, Mrs. Beeton's Everyday Cookery, Melbourne, Ward Lock & Co. Ltd, 1911, Beverley Wood Collection
Learn to locate digitised recipes and menus in the Library's online catalogue.
This activity is linked to the Eating in inquiry unit and is targeted at Years 3–6 students.
- Ask students to think about the ways people know about what food is available when they go out to eat (for example, through printed menus, blackboards, or display cases). Make a list of these and discuss how the format and language differs depending on the audience.
- Discuss the difference between a menu and a recipe. What are the similarities? Why is this important?
- Direct students to the State Library of Victoria online catalogue.
- Explain the difference between the Library catalogue and an internet search engine (the catalogue looks only for items in the Library's collection, and some of these can't be found by searching the internet).
- Start with a broad search term, like 'menu' or 'recipe'. (For search tips, see How to search.)
- Refine the results to show only 'online resources'.
- Click the 'View online' link in a catalogue record to view a digitised version of the resource.
- Try and view menus and recipes from different eras. Some examples are:
– Frank Weston's selection of valuable cooking recipes (1876)
– Economical cookery recipes (1917)
– Breakfast dinner tea: recipes and menus (1925)
– Kraft recipe book: cheese and ways to serve it (c 1930)"
– Harmony feast recipe book (2012)
- Use the recipes and menus to form the basis for completing lessons in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation's Recipes and menus unit.
- Look at the materials collected through the activity and 'Recipes and menus' lessons. Ask: how have recipes and menus changed over time? What were some of the most popular recipes? Were there any surprises?
- Watch Rita Erlich (1:07–3:13) talking about her collection of restuarant menus, and how menus have changed.
- Look at the Library's online Food in Victoria research guide for more research options for the topic.
- Try an historic recipe from the collection to explore how much our tastes have changed!