ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Janice Bluestein Longone, credited with collecting thousands of items chronicling America’s culinary history, including cookbooks, menus, advertisements and newspapers, died at age 89.
Longone died on Wednesday, according to Nie Family Funeral Home in Ann Arbor. The cause and place of death have not been announced.
Longone’s collection formed the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where her husband, Daniel T. Longone, was a professor of chemistry.
Longone said she thought the collection showed how American agriculture and culinary practices defined regional customs and traditions. His collection included cookbooks from the 1800s and early 1900s called “charity cookbooks” that were sold as fundraisers and immigrant cookbooks.
“Our hope is that we have collected materials that provide scholars with access to a new way of looking at American history,” she said in a 2010 paper from the University of Michigan. “It could be to rethink the role of women, who over 150 years ago published charity cookbooks, which often reflected the pressing issues of the time, or simply the impact of refrigeration on tastes and American lifestyles.”
The collection included early American cookbooks, such as a print in 1796, one published by an African-American woman in 1866 and a Jewish cookbook published in America in 1871, according to the university.
Longone’s activities as a food historian included being a founding member of the American Institute of Wine and Food, an author of entries for “The Oxford Companion to Food” and hosting the radio show national public “Adventures in Gastronomy” in the 1970s.