Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman recently made another significant gift of books, magazines, and audio-visual materials to Special Collections. Stony Brook University Libraries is extremely honored to have the Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection, a historically significant, specialized research collection comprised of more than 4,000 books, and hundreds of more unique items that document the history Chinese of food and culture. It is the largest collection of its type in the world.
Dr. Newman is a trailblazer – she is professor emerita, Queens College – and in addition to her impressive record of publication, her career as an educator, and being named the 2009 recipient of the Amelia Award, an honor bestowed for outstanding lifetime achievement in culinary history, she is the founder and editor of the award-winning magazine Flavor and Fortune. It is the first, and the only, American, English-language quarterly about Chinese food and Chinese dietary culture.
In 2002, Dr. Newman decided to share her passion for this area of study and collecting. She visited many libraries to see if there was interest in her collection. After careful consideration, Dr. Newman selected our library at Stony Brook to be the home for her one of a kind collection. In the years since, she has annually donated to the collection and has provided support to ensure the growth and maintenance of it. Students, staff, faculty, community members, and remote users are all welcome to consult it, by appointment. For more information, please visit the website for the collection.