April 2014 Archives

Kirschner Collection Survey: How do You Use the Collection?

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Have you used the Kirschner Collection to find a recipe, do research, spend an enjoyable afternoon browsing the cookbooks, or anything else? If so, I'd really like to hear from you. I'm conducting a survey of Kirschner Collection users to find out who uses the collection and how. Knowing more about you will help me to grow the collection. You can get to the survey here, or contact me (mkocher@umn.edu) and we can chat in person or over the phone.

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Read This Book! New Minnesota Cookbooks

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I recorded this little video for the Libraries to showcase some new cookbooks in the Kirschner Collection -- all are from local authors and use local/indigenous ingredients. Perfect for farmers market season!

Here are links to all of the books I mention:

Edible Twin Cities by Angelo Gentile
Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook by Tricia Cornell
Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmer's Market Cookbook by Beth Dooley
Original Local by Heid E. Erdrich
The New Midwestern Table by Amy Thielen

Searching the Kirschner Collection

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Two questions I often get asked are if there is a list of books available in the Kirschner Collection and if there is a way to search books in the collection. As of today, the answer to both questions is "yes." Here's how to do it:

Finding a List of Books in the Kirschner Collection
To view a list of all the titles in the Kirschner Collection, just go to the Library Home Page and type "TMAGR_REFC" in the search box there. The set of search results you get (about 3319 titles right now) is all of the books in the collection. You can sort by date, title, or author.

Searching for Books in the Kirschner Collection
It takes a little finding, but you can now limit your search to just the Kirschner Collection. To do this, first, click on the Advanced Search button on the Library Home Page advanced.png
Then, click on the "Libraries Catalog" tab:
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Finally, set your search scope to "Kirschner Cookbook Collection" (It's under "Magrath Library" in the list):
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Now you're searching the cookbooks!