D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Pamela C. Allison Cookbook Collection

Summary Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
Pamela C. Allison Cookbook Collection
Date [inclusive]
8.0 Linear feet
Physical Description
The collection contains books and pamphlets.
Regional cookbooks and community cookbooks are located in the Special Collections Reading Room. Commercial food and appliance cookbooks are located in Special Collections closed stacks, Row 4, Section 5.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pamela C. Allison Cookbook Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804

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Biographical Note

A biographical note provided by the donor:

Dr. Pam Allison, Professor Emerita, received her B.S. in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her M.A.T. in teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill, and returned to UNC-Greensboro for her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education. She began her career teaching elementary school physical education, grades 1-6, in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and retired from Bowling Green State University where she taught freshmen through graduate students in the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies for 20 years. She has authored and edited two books and several articles on physical education teacher education, and living with multiple sclerosis. She developed an interest in cooking while teaching, but did not become interested in collecting cookbooks until she retired.

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Scope and Contents

The Pamela C. Allison Cookbook Collection contains over 700 community and commercially published cookbooks that document recipes, cooking, and foodways in the Southern Appalachians, North Carolina, and the American South. In addition, the collection includes nearly 200 commercial food and kitchen appliance company cookbooks as well as a small collection of historic cookbooks and books on cookbook collecting. The main sections of the collection are outlined below.

Commercially published cookbooks from Southern Appalachia, North Carolina, and the South include over 300 volumes published by small regional publishers and larger national publishing houses. Some books discuss regional cooking in such areas as the Great Smokies, the Virginia Blue Ridge, or South Carolina’s Low Country, others look at particular foods or cooking styles such as barbecue, seafood, grits, or biscuits, while some explore offerings and recipes from restaurants such as Crook's Corner or Tupelo Honey. Some feature noted Southerners such as author Dori Sanders writing about cooking, while others take a more general approach and examine Southern or Appalachian cooking in broader regional terms.

The nearly 350 community cookbooks in the collection were produced by such community organizations such as churches, women’s clubs, garden clubs, extension services, arts councils, and school groups. Many were published to sell as fundraisers, and many are spiral bound. Their distinction comes from the fact that recipes are supplied by members of the community and reflect individual and community culinary tastes, practices, and influences.

The commercial food and kitchen appliance company cookbooks include nearly 200 pamphlets, brochures, booklets, books, and handbooks produced by food, cookware, and kitchen appliance manufacturers. Included are materials from such commercial food manufacturers as Borden’s, Jell-O, and Spry and kitchen appliance manufacturers as Sunbeam, Hotpoint, and Calphalon. A complete list of these cookbooks can be found in the Collection Inventory below.

The commercially published cookbooks and the community cookbooks are cataloged in the library’s online catalog and are shelved in the Pamela C. Allison Cookbook Collection shelves in the Special Collections Reading Room. The catalog listing is available at this link.

The collection also contains 21 community cookbooks from states outside of the South, mostly Ohio and Pennsylvania. These are in Box 8 of the Collection Inventory listed below.

Additionally, there are a few dozen historical cookbooks, books on cookbook collecting, and several Jewish cookbooks. These appear in the library's online catalog and are shelved in the Special Collections Reading Room.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives

Ramsey Library, CPO # 1500
One University Heights
Asheville, North Carolina, 28804-8504

Custodial History

The collection was donated by Dr. Pamela C. Allison in 2015. Dr. Allison contacted UNC Asheville Professor Dr. Erica Locklear in the Spring of 2015, and Dr. Locklear and Head of Special Collections Gene Hyde visited Dr. Allison during the summer to view the collection. The collection was donated to Special Collections in the summer of 2015 and physically transferred to Ramsey Library in late summer - early fall 2015.

Special Collections asked Dr. Allison if she would write about her personal interest in collecting cookbooks and she provided the the following text:

Developing My Cookbook Collection By Pamela C. Allison

My cookbook collection is rooted in three seemingly unrelated interests—good food, reading, and research.

My interest in good food began in my grandmother’s kitchen. She was the quintessential Southern cook. She cooked her green beans, freshly snapped, with a piece of fatback in a Club Aluminum pot, and she made her biscuits with buttermilk and lard, baking them on a dark pan that had to be at least 50 years old. She would send some of her biscuits home with me when the family visited, but they seldom made it out of her driveway (which, by the way, was only 20 feet long). As far as I know, my grandmother did not cook from recipes, and I do not recall seeing a cookbook in her house. She cooked good food from the heart, and I loved the food she prepared.

My interest in reading was encouraged by my parents. We always had books in the house. Thankfully, my elementary school library had lots of sports books, every one of which I read, and my parents would take me to the local library so I could get even more sports books to read. Eventually, I broadened my reading interests, or better said, I was forced to broaden my reading interests to include those required and recommended in my undergraduate and graduate classes. During my academic career, however, no class I took had a cookbook on the required or recommended reading lists. When I began collecting cookbooks, I did so as much to read them as to cook from the recipes.

My interest in research became focused during graduate school and continued throughout my teaching career. When I retired, however, my love of research did not stop. From the beginning, researching cookbooks seemed like an important outcome of having a collection. As a retiree of many years now, my best research strategy is to let others do the work. I prefer to focus to cooking and eating good food.

I cannot say when I began collecting cookbooks, only that collecting evolved from an obsession to own every cookbook printed. I read that after the Bible, more cookbooks are printed than any other type of book. I realized then that I had made a big rookie mistake—not focusing my collection. Too late, I started collecting books on collecting cookbooks, and belatedly decided my focus would be on Southern cooking, particularly Southern charity cookbooks. I was delighted to find Dr. Erica Locklear was interested in researching culture through the cookbook literature, and Gene Hyde was interested in receiving my collected cookbooks. I am pleased to know that my collection housed at UNC-Asheville will be a place that can aid scholars in their work and broaden their networks for research on cookbooks.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Gene Hyde with assistance from Colin Reeve, Markia Brooks, and Diane Lanctot. Books were cataloged by Barb Svenson.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1: Commercial food and appliance manufacturer cookbooks 

Acme Flour, The Best Yet Cook Book, d. 1907 

Amaretto di Saronno, Cook with Love, d. 1981 

Arm & Hammer, Good Things to Eat, d. 1933 

Arm & Hammer, New Fashioned Old Fashioned Recipes, d. 1953 

Arm & Hammer, Successful Baking for Flavor and Texture, d. 1937 

Baker's Chocolate, Best Chocolate and Cocoa Recipes, d. 1932 

Ball, Blue Book: The Guide to Home Canning and Freezing, d. 1988 

Ball, Freezer Book, d. 1973 

Ball, Serve & Preserve Cookbook 

Bertolli, The Bertolli Olive Oil Handbook 

Betty Crocker, Betty Crocker's Bisquick Cook Book, d. 1956 

Betty Crocker, Betty Crocker's Bisquick Party Book, d. 1957 

Betty Crocker, Casseroles Recipe Cards, d. 2009 

Betty Crocker, International Cooking Made Easy, d. 1996 

Betty Crocker, On the Grill 

Betty Crocker, Your Share: How to Prepare Appetizing, Healthful Meals with Foods Available Today, d. 1943 

Bi-Lo, Lifestyle Magazine, d. 1999 

Boar's Head, Classic Recipes 

Boar's Head, Compromise Elsewhere: Nutritional Facts and Recipes for Our Premium Products, d. 2012 

Boar's Head, Delicious Dishes Made Easy, d. 2011 

Bob Evans, New Family Favorites, d. 1997 

Borden, Borden's Eagle Brand Magic Recipes, d. 1946 

Borden, Recipes from the Borden Kitchen 

Borden, The Dessert Lovers' Hand-Book 

Brer Rabbit, Brer Rabbit's Modern Recipes for Modern Living 

Calphalon, Calphalon Cooks Weeknights: Uncomplicated Dishes for Busy People, d. 1996 

Cherry Marketing Institute, Celebrate with Cherries 

Chicken of the Sea, Tempting Tuna Cookbook, d. 1976 

Clabber Girl, Clabber Girl Baking Book, d. 1934 

Colonial Stores, Surprise Sampler, d. 1963 

Corning Glass Works, Corning Ware Electromatics 

Box 2: Commercial food and appliance manufacturer cookbooks 

Crisco, American Pie Tradition, d. 1989 

Crisco, Recipes for Good Eating, d. 1945 

Crock-Pot, Cookbook and Owner's Manual, d. 2009 

Cuisinart, New Recipes for the Cuisinart Food Processor, d. 1978 

Culinary Arts Institute, 250 Luscious Refrigerator Desserts, d. 1955 

Culinary Arts Institute, 500 Delicious Salads, d. 1940 

Culinary Arts Institute, 500 Snacks, d. 1958 

Culinary Arts Institute, The New England Cookbook, d. 1965 

Cutco, Cutco Cook Book: World's Finest Cutlery, d. 1972 

Delta, Flavors of: California, Florida, New England, New Orleans, The Caribbean, The Old South, The Southwest (d. 1972-75) 

Dream Whip, Sweet Endings from Dream Whip Whipped Topping Mix, d. 1974 

Dreher, The Dreher Sausage Cookbook, d. 1997 

Eden Foods, Quick Easy Recipes, d. 2010 

Egg Beaters, Diet for a Healthy Heart, d. 1990 

Florida Department of Citrus, The Best of Florida Cuisine, d. 1999 

Foley Food MIll, Variety in Food with the Foley Food Mill, 1946 

French's, French Fried Onions Casseroles and More, d. 1996 

General Electric, Frozen Foods: How to Prepare, Package, Freeze, Thaw and Cook 

General Electric, The New Art of Modern Cooking, d. 1937 

General Foods, All About Home Baking, d. 1941 

General Foods, Learn to Bake, d. 1947 

Gibson, Europe's Cookery America's Way: The New Gibson Electric Range 

Gold Medal, The Weekend Chef, d. 1986 

Box 3: Commercial food and appliance manufacturer cookbooks 

Golden Fluffo, Creative Cooking Made Easy: The Golden Fluffo Cookbook, d. 1956 

Gourmet, Every Day Meals, Too!, d. 2002 

Hamilton Beach, Hamilton Beach Mixette: Recipe and Instruction Book 

Heinz, Salads: A Recipe Book by Heinz, d. 1956 

Hershey, Hershey's 1934 Cookbook: Revised and Expanded with Chocolate Recipes Brought Up to Date for Use in Today's Kitchen, d. 1971 

Hidden Valley Ranch, More Than a Salad Dressing 

Hotpoint, Let's Get Acquainted with Your Hotpoint Electric Range, d. 1945 

Hunt-Wesson, Hunt's Tomato Paste Recipe Collection 

Jedediah's House, The Artistry of Sourdough Cooking 

Jell-O, Amazing Magical Jell-O Desserts, d. 1977 

Jell-O, Jell-O Pudding Idea Book, d. 1968 

Jell-O, Joys of Jell-O 

Jell-O, Joys of Jell-O 

Jell-O, Now Jell-O Tastes Twice as Good, d. 1934 

Jell-O, Sweet Moment Desserts, d. 1965 

Jell-O, The Jell-O Pudding Sampler, d. 1976 

Jell-O, The New Joys of Jell-O, d. 1975 

Box 4: Commercial food and appliance manufacturer cookbooks 

KC Baking Powder, The Cook's Book: Recipes Prepared for KC Baking Powder 

Kahlúa, Recipe Book, d. 1986 

Karo, The New Way to Cook Is with Karo!, d. 1963 

Kellogg, The Plus Food for Minus Meals 

KitchenAid, Instructions and Recipes for Your KitchenAid Stand Mixer, d. 2005 

Kitchen Craft, Cook for Life with Kitchen Craft Cookware 

Knox, Knox Gelatine: Dainty Desserts, Candies, Salads, d. 1929 

Knox, Knox Sparkling Granulated Gelatine, d. 1931 

Knox, The Knox Gelatine Cookbook, d. 1977 

Kook-Kwick, Bestmade Kook-Kwick Pressure Cooker Handbook 

Kraft, Food & Family, d. 2003 

Kraft, The Complete Cheese Cookbook, d. 1973 

La Rosa, 101 Ways to Prepare Macaroni: Recipes by La Rosa, d. 1949 

Land O'Lakes, Harvest Baking, d. 2009 

Lea & Perrins, Success in Seasoning, d. 1934 

Lodge, Best One-Dish Recipes, d. 2014 

Lodge, Cast Iron Classics, d. 2004 

Listerine, The Spicy Cookbook, d. 1982 

Marshall-Pope Grocery, Recipe of the Month Magazine, d. 1935 

Mazola Corn Oil, The Olympic Cookbook, d. 1987 

Mentha-Col, Mentha-Col Cook Book: Successful Recipes for Simple Dishes in Use by Southern Housewives 

Metropolitan, Metropolitan Cook Book, d. 1964 

Misty Hills Nursery, Cooking with Rosemary 

Myers's Rum, Graduate to the Flavor of Myers's Rum 

Box 5: Commercial food and appliance manufacturer cookbooks 

Nabisco, Late Breakfast or Brunch, d. 1968 

Nabisco, Sing a Song of Cereal, d. 1965 

National Live Stock and Meat Board, Thrifty Kitchen: Cooking School Recipe Book (Asheville Citizen-Times All-Electric Cooking School), d. 1952 

National Oats Company, 3 Minute Brand Oatmeals: The New Old-Fashioned Way to Eat, d. 1974 

Nestlé Morsels, Sweet Celebrations!, d. 1984 

Nestlé Toll House, Best-Loved Cookies, d. 1997 

Nestlé Toll House, Best-Loved Cookies, d. 2008 

Nordic Ware, Over 300 Delicious Ways to Use Your Bundt Pans, d. 1973 

North Carolina Department of Agriculture, North Carolina Apple Recipes 

Northwest Yeast Co., The Art of Making Bread at Home 

Ocean Spray, Recipes from the Ocean Spray Kitchen at Cranberry World Visitors Center 

Omaha Steaks, Good Life Guide & Cookbook, d. 1994 

Oster, All-Purpose Mealmaker Pot-Pourri Cookbook 

Oster, Spin Cookery Osterizer Blender Cookbook, d. 1969 

Oxo, SoftWorks Salad Chopper & Bowl 

Pebeco Toothpaste, Gone With The Wind Cookbook - Famous "Southern Cooking" Recipes inspired by the picture "Gone With the Wind 

Pillsbury, 55 Favorite Ann Pillsbury Cake Recipes, d. 1952 

Pillsbury, Cool & Easy Recipes, d. 1987 

Pillsbury, Goin' Nuts Cookbook, d. 1978 

Pillsbury, Simply Vegetarian, d. 2002 

Pillsbury Mills, Pillsbury's 4th Grand National $100,000 Recipe and Baking Contest: 100 Prize-Winning Recipes, d. 1953 

Pillsbury Mills, Pillsbury's 5th $100,000 Recipe and Baking Contest: 100 Grand National Recipes, d. 1954 

Pillsbury Mills, Pillsbury's 7th Grand National Cookbook: 100 Easy-to-Follow Prize-Winning Recipes, d. 1956 

Post Grape-Nuts, Post Grape-Nuts 

Prevention, Prevention's Better Living Cookbook, d. 1977 

Publix, The Be Ultimate Handbook: A Tear and Prepare Guide to Southern Tailgate Food 

Quaker Oats, Oat Meals!, d. 1988 

Quaker Oats, Wholegrain Cookbook, d. 1979 

Randolph Mills, Recipes Using Dainty Biscuit Flour and Randolph Corn Meal 

Royal Baking Powder/Kellogg, Camp Menu 

Rumford, Biscuits and Biscuits Glorified, c.1941 

Rumford, Household Hand Book 

Ryzon, Ryzon Baking Book: A Practical Manual for the Preparation of Food Requiring Baking Powder, d. 1916 

Box 6: Commercial food and appliance manufacturer cookbooks 

Snowdrift, Fabulous Fruit Desserts of Fifty States 

Splenda, The Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Cookbook, 2002 

Spry, Spry 20th Anniversary Cookbook of Old and New Favorites, 1955 (2 copies) 

Spry, What Shall I Cook Today? 

Sunbeam, How to Get the Most Out of Your Sunbeam Automatic Mixmaster, d. 1950 

Sunbeam, Portable Electric Cookery, d. 1970 

Sunkist, Recipes for Every Day, d. 1932 

Sun-Maid Raisins, Our Holiday Best, d. 1987 

Sun-Maid Raisins, Sun Maid Raisins: Their Food Value and 92 Selected Recipes, d. 1921 

Sunsweet, Sunsweet Recipes,d. 1950 

Sure-Jell, Perfect Jellles with Sure-Jell, d. 1971 

Swanson, Simply Delicious: Cooking with Swanson Broth, d. 2000 

Swanson, Simply Delicious: Everyday Cooking with Swanson Broth 

Swanson, Simply Delicious: Sensational Low-Fat Cooking Ideas, 1999 

Taste of Home, Taste of Home's Family Favorites, d. 2002 

The Pampered Chef, Fall/Winter 1997 Season's Best, d. 1997 

The Pampered Chef, Stoneware Sensations: Baking with The Family Heritage Collection, d. 1997 

Tyson, Uncle Ben's Chicken & Rice Family Favorites, d. 2000 

United Fruit Company, Tempting Banana Recipes, d. 1950 

United States Department of Agriculture, Money-Saving Main Dishes, d. 1966 

Velveeta, Fresh Ideas from Velveeta: All Easy and Extra Cheesy, d. 1986 

Viriginia-Carolina Peanut Promotions, A Collection of Peanut Recipes 

Watkins, Watkins Cook Book, d. 1934 

West Bend, Better Homes and Gardens: Best Wok Recipes, d. 1987 

Westinghouse, Health-for-Victory Club Meal Planning Guide, d. 1943 

Westinghouse, The Westinghouse Kitchen-Proved Refrigerator Book, ca. 1939 

Westinghouse, Westinghouse Roaster-Oven 

White Castle, Thinking Outside the Box: The White Castle 10th Annual Crave Time Cookbook, d. 2001 

White Lily Flour, Great Baking Begins with White Lily Flour: A Collection of Treasured Southern Baking Recipes, d. 1982 

Willett Distilling Co., Cooking with Bourbon 

Yoplait, Great New Tastes with Yogurt, ca. 1994 

Young's Golden Pecans, Fun Cooking with Pecans: Old Southern Recipes, New Tested Delights 

Box 7: Commercial food and appliance manufacturer cookbooks 

Bosch Magic Mixer, Simply Gourmet: Foods with Flair Made Easy with Today's Kitchen Machines, d. 1978 

Burpee's, Burpee's American Harvest Cookbooks: The Early Summer Garden, d. 1988 

Calphalon, Calphalon International Cookbook, d. 1977 

Gold Medal, Gold Medal Cook Book: A Reproduction of the Original 1904 Edition, d. 1998 

Hunt's, Hunt's Complete Tomato Sauce Cookbook, d. 1976 

Jell-O, Jell-O Classic Recipes, d. 2002 

Magic Chef, Magic Chef Cooking: Prepared and Developed in the Research Kitchen of the American Stove Company, d. 1936 

Magic Chef, Magic Chef Cooking: Prepared and Tested in the Research Kitchen of the American Stove Company, d. 1936 

Mirro, Mirro All-Purpose Cook Book, d. 1950 

Nestlé, Perfect Endings: Chocolate Dessert and Beverage Cook Book, d. 1962 

Pastene, Celebrating Great Cooking with Pastene, d. 1999 

ReaLemon, ReaLemon Recipe Collection, d. 1987 

Rumford, Rumford Complete Cook Book, d. 1946 

Rumford, Rumford Complete Cook Book 

Sealtest, 641Tested Recipes from the Sealtest Kitchens, d. 1963 

Sealtest, 1001 Dairy Dishes from the Sealtest Kitchens, d. 1963 

Tabasco, The Tabasco Brand Cookbook, d. 1993 

Welch's, The Magic of Jelly: 100 New & Favorite Recipes, d. 2005 

Wesson, The Wesson Oil Cookbook, d. 1992 

White House, The New Versatile Vinegars from White House, d. 1995 

Box 8: Community Cookbooks (not Southern) 

Causing a Stir: Fabulous Food to get People Talking. Junior League of Dayton, OH. 2000 

The Mark Twain Library Cookbook: A Treasury of Redding Recipes. Mark Twain Library Association, Redding, CT. 1971 

Pella's Choicest Cooking Recipes, 4th Ed. Women's Auxilary of Central College, Pella, Iowa. 1948. 

Kitchen Sampler. St. Ceclia's Guild, Cavalry Episcopal Church, Batabvia, IL. n.d. 

What's Cookin'? in Old Town, Maine. St Therese Socity of St. Mary's Catholic Church. 1965 

West of the Rockies: Recipes from Campfire to Candlelight, 3rd. Ed. Junior Service League of Grand Junction, CO. 1998 

Calaveras Grown Cookbook. Calaveras Grown Cookbook Committee, San Andreas, CA. 2003 

From the Chefs of Puesta. Peusta Del Sol PTA, Rio Rancho, NM. 1996 

Help One Another Cook Book. The Dakota Farmer, Aberdeen, SD. 1973 

From the Highlands and the Sea, 3rd. ed.. The Ingonish Women's Hospital Auxilary. Ingonish, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. 1986. 

Palette to Palate. Albrecht Art Museum & The Junior League of St. Joesph, Missouri. 1985 

Bucks, the Artists' County, Cooks, 8th printing. Women's Auxiliary of Trinity Chapel, Solebury, PA. 1969 

Fiesta Under the Sun. Junior League of Phoenix, Arizona. 1982 

"Delicious" recipes from the Elisabeth Morrow School. Parents Association of the Elisabeth Morrow School. Englewood, NJ. 1984 

Bread of Life, Chippewa United Methodist Church, Beaver Falls, PA. 1996 

Le Cookbook: Favorite recipes of French and American residents of Paris. Volunteers of the American Hospital of Paris. 1987. 

The VIP Holiday Cookbook, VOl. IV. American Cancer Society, Northern Virginia Division. 1982 

Favorite Recipes. Wood County Hospital Employees and Retirees. Bowling Green, OH. 2001 

Home Cookin' is a Family Affair: A Book of Favorite Recipes. Instrumental Music Patrons of Cuyahoga Falls High School, Cuyahoga Falls, OH. n.d. 

Taste and See: Favorite Recipes of Leading Women. Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. 1971 

Party in the Park Cookbook: Gourmet Hors d'Oeuvres. Shaker Lakes Regional Nature Center, Shaker Heights, OH. 1974