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04 May 2016 @ 07:31 pm
Cool Resource  
Just discovered this by Googling, and thought it might be useful to fellow detail-oriented folks:

The New York Public Library has a data base of menus they've collected, searchable by decade and then year, which lists the dishes on the menu, and their prices. Totally awesome if you're writing historical stuff and don't know what might have been eaten or how much it might have cost to eat it.

You can also click on a dish within a menu and see what other menus featured than dish, and when it first started appearing as a dish in menus.

I wish I knew about it when I was trying to figure out how much a cocktail would have cost someone in 1946, but at least I'll know what a hotel might have offered my characters in 1947.
 
 
 
Dusty: ST-TOS. Kirk. Beauty of the Beholderdustlines on May 7th, 2016 02:25 am (UTC)
Ahhh!! This truly is an amazing reference! In general, it can help a writer become familiar with many different types of food, too. I think this resource's use extends far beyond historical accuracy. Good find, Tay!