By Valentina Di Liscia – – Photo Courtesy Of UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Photo: Libro de Varios Guisados 1808.

Skimming through the titles — like Recetas que escribió mi madre con amor para sus hijas (“Recipes my mom wrote with love for her daughters”) — gives one a sense of the intimate nature of these objects, digitized by the University of Texas at San Antonio. With more than 2,000 volumes, the University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) collection of Mexican and Mexican-American cookbooks is the largest in North America, spanning important titles as well as rare handwritten notebooks in both English and Spanish.

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