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Food Studies

Selected reference works, electronic resources, and Web sites in gastronomy.


This guide is intended to assist in food-related topics ranging from gastronomical research to cooking resources. The information on this guide is broken down by tab as follows:

Food Careers: A selection of books, job boards and statistics about different jobs that work with food.

Cooking at Carleton: Contemporary and historic cookbooks from the library catalog, as well a list of food blogs. 

Food Journals: Periodicals about or relating to food tha Carleton subscribes to, both online and in print.

Food Research: Reference books, databases and webpages for students doing academic research about food.

Food Culture: Lists of books about food and it's intersection with culture from the Library catalog. 

Food Films: Movies, for both education and entertainment, about food.

Food Studies at Carleton: A list of classes relating to food taught at Carleton.

Finding Books


Catalyst is the shared online catalog of the libraries of Carleton College and St. Olaf College. It provides an access point to the books, periodicals, government documents, and electronic resources available at Carleton or St. Olaf.

Library of Congress Subject Headings are the words and phrases you can use to do a subject search in Catalyst (as opposed to a keyword search, where you may use any words you like).

When starting out, it is often helpful to do a keyword search on your topic, and then to examine the subject headings of the results you find relevant. Catalyst displays these subject headings as links and clicking on one of them will automatically conduct a subject search for that particular topic. If you have trouble finding relevant sources using a keyword search, try consulting the printed volumes of Library of Congress Subject Headings in the reference collection.

Search WorldCat, an online catalog for libraries throughout the world, to take your search beyond Northfield.

This subject research guide was created by the 2015-2016 Reference Interns: Carrie Hanson '16, Jonah Hudson-Erdman '18, Jenny Nguyen '17, and Matt Thibodeau '18.