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Badger Bites: University of Wisconsin-Madison Cookbooks

Badger Bites: University of Wisconsin Cookbooks

Over the course of University history, numerous campus-related organizations have produced cookbooks. Containing more than just recipes, these cookbooks provide a look at how food has played a role in campus culture and identity. Whether designed for fundraising or for promotional purposes, they capture a snapshot view of campus organizations of yore and the cultural environment surrounding them.

The Associated Women Students produced a cookbook as a new feature of Coeds’ Week in 1955. The book, called Bucky’s Favorite Foods, contains “tried and true” favorites of faculty, staff, and students at the University. Recipes were contributed by campus notables such as Carson Gulley and Mrs. Alan Ameche, the wife of the UW football legend.

The Friendship Club, an interracial women’s social club, compiled a cookbook in 1951 as a “token of our friendship and faith in each other and in all people.” Technically speaking the Madison based Friendship Club may not have been a University of Wisconsin organization but university students and faculty wives were likely members.

Delta Sigma Epsilon (1914-1956) was one of several sororities to produce a cookbook. Food Fare was produced by the “Friendship House Board” as “a book of recipes assembled to help convert our dream of FRIENDSHIP HOUSE, into a reality.”

The mothers of members of Alpha Phi (pronounced Alpha “Fee”) a fraternity for women, were a source of recipes for their organization’s cookbook called “Our Mothers’ Recipes.”

The dining room staff of Elizabeth Waters Hall, which opened in 1940, produced cookbooks in 1955 and 1965. The first was dedicated to “all girls of Liz who will wish to recapture an important part of dorm life—mealtime.”

The University Dames Club (1929-1979) was made up of student wives and wives of students attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Its purpose was “to provide social, cultural and recreational opportunities for its members and to be of service to the community.” The Dames Club published three cookbooks.

See the Carson Gulley Cookbook Collection for cookbooks authored by this legendary campus dining hall chef.