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Chinese Culinary History: HOME

Resources for the study of Chinese culinary history, featuring the Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection, a special collection at Stony Brook University.

Special Event on Monday, September 24, 2018: “Chinese and Diasporic Food, Identity, and Memory: A Panel Discussion”

On September 24, SBU students, faculty, staff and neighbors gathered for a panel discussion on “Chinese and Diasporic Food, Identity, and Memory: A Panel Discussion.” The event was supported by the Jacqueline M. Newman Endowed Fund. Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman delivered opening remarks and SBU professors and scholars Timothy August (Department of English), Nerissa Balce (Department of Asian and Asian American Studies), Shirley Lim (Department of History), and E.K. Tan (Department of English) discussed food, memory, and identity in Chinese, diasporic, and colonial contexts. This special event highlighted the Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection, fostered an engaging dialogue on this under-documented topic, and celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival. Afterward, all were invited to sample a variety of mooncakes and view a display of mooncake molds, books, and artifacts from the Newman Collection. The program was organized and hosted by Stony Brook University Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives, and the University Libraries’ Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee.

Collection History

In 2002, Special Collections and University Archives at Stony Brook University was the proud recipient of the Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection, the largest cookbook collection of its kind. The collection includes: more than 5,000 cookbooks, books on food Chinese food culture; medicine; and history; haute cuisine magazines; archival materials; and audio visual materials.  These materials provide a valuable record of the Chinese Diaspora that has carried its rich cuisine to every corner of the globe. Dr. Newman’s extensive annotated bibliography is now available online, thereby making it accessible worldwide.

LaChoy Chinese Recipes,
ca. 1920s.

About the Collection

Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection
A Special Collection at Stony Brook University

Search the Collection (enter keyword string: newman chinese cookbook) 

Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman is professor emerita, Queens College, and in addition to her impressive record of publication, her career as an educator, and being named the 2009 recipient of the Amelia Award, an honor bestowed for outstanding lifetime achievement in culinary history, she is the founder and editor of the award-winning magazine Flavor and Fortune. It is the first, and the only, American, English-language quarterly about Chinese food and Chinese dietary culture.

It was in 2002 that she decided to share her passion for this area of study and collecting.  Dr. Newman visited many libraries to see if there was interest in her collection. After much careful consideration, she selected our library at Stony Brook to be the home for her one of a kind collection. In the years since, she has annually donated new materials to the collection and has provided support to ensure the growth and maintenance of it. All are welcome to consult the collection by appointment. 

Online Exhibition

View the covers of the books featured in the exhibition
Take a Wok Through Chinese Culinary History.

Chinese-Japanese Cook Book
by Sara Bosse and
Onoto Watanna, 1914.

Research Terms and Search Strategies

The Library of Congress subject headings were used to produce this LibGuide.

  • foodways--China
  • food habits--China
  • cooking, Chinese--history
  • cooking, Chinese--social aspects
  • cooking, Chinese--Manchuria
  • cooking--China--Fujian Sheng
  • cooking, Chinese--health aspects--Congresses
  • tea--China--history
  • cooking, Asian--social aspects
  • cooking, Chinese--bibliography--catalogs
  • China--social life and customs
  • food supply--China
  • medicine, Chinese, traditional
  • food habits--China--early works to 1800
  • materia medica, vegetable--China--dictionaries
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional
  • drugs, Chinese herbal
  • dinners and dining--China--history
  • plants, edible--China
  • mushrooms--China
  • wild plants, edible--China
  • wild foods--China
  • Chinese--foreign countries

Director & Associate Librarian

Kristen J. Nyitray's picture
Kristen J. Nyitray
Director, Special Collections & University Archives
University Archivist
Associate Librarian
E-2320, Melville Library
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3323
t: 631.632.7119
f: 631.632.1829

Past Exhibition: March 15 to June 15, 2018

The Charles B. Wang Center exhibition Potasia: Potatoism in the East featured an insightful and entertaining survey of artworks with the potato as their central subject matter. The pieces showcased a wide spectrum of potatoes, in all manner of genres and situations—from the fantastical to the realistic, and from the comedic to the serious. The potato is not only a nutritious and earthy food but, as featured in these Asian artworks, it is also an egalitarian, versatile, multifaceted, multilingual, and multidisciplinary motif. A curated selection of books from Special Collections’ Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection, the largest collection of its type in the world was included in the exhibition.

On view: March 15 to June 15, 2018
Art Crawl: Wednesday, March 28 at 4:30pm
Opening reception: Wednesday, March 28 at 5pm
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery