Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Beard mss., 1952-1964, consist of letters from master culinary expert and teacher James Andrews Beard, 1903-1985, to long time friend and fellow cookbook author Helen Evans Brown, 1904-1964. Beard, a strong advocate and spokesman for American cuisine, both domestically and internationally, and Brown, who focused on western American food and cooking, maintained an extensive correspondence from the time of their first long-distance acquaintance in 1952 until Brown's death in 1964. The letters are often long, chatty narratives about Beard's travels, feelings and reactions to people and places, writing activities, recipes and methods of food preparation developed, and more than occasional gossip about mutual friends and colleagues. There is also a good deal of information about Brown's publications and cooking activities. A few of the letters are addressed to Brown's husband, Philip, with whom Beard was also long acquainted.

Many of the letters have been published in Beard's Love and Kisses and a Halo of Truffles: Letters to Helen Evans Brown. New York: Arcade Pub., 1994.

Purchase. Glenn Horowitz. New York, NY 1997

Collection size: 550 items

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