(Dec. 21, 2010) -- Do you like to cook? Better yet, do you like to eat? UTSA Libraries Special Collections recently unveiled a new blog to showcase recipes from its growing Mexican Cookbook Collection. Ranging in date from 1831 to 2010, the collection includes more than 1,050 cookbooks in English and Spanish featuring the cuisine of Mexico, Texas and the Southwest, making it one of the largest and most extensive Mexican cookery collections in the United States.
The blog, La Cocina Historica, celebrates Mexican cuisine and culinary history by posting a recipe from the past every Friday. Posts are accompanied by pictures from the cookbook where the recipe was published, along with some historical context and occasionally may include hands-on posts with library staff in the kitchen.
The core of the UTSA Mexican Cookbook Collection was donated by San Antonio resident Laurie Gruenbeck, who has collected cookbooks during her travels in Texas and Mexico for more than 30 years and continues to build the collection. One of the rarest titles from the collection is Simon Blanquel's 1831 "Novisimo Arte de Cocina," one of the first cookbooks to be published in Mexico. Although international in its coverage, it is one of the earliest cookbooks to recognize the cuisine rooted in Mexico. Blanquel's unique, saffron-spiked Arroz de Leche was the first recipe shared on La Cocina Historica.
A complete listing of titles in the Mexican Cookbook Collection is at the UTSA Libraries online catalog, UCAT. Although the cookbooks are non-circulating, both researchers and aspiring cooks are welcome to make use of the collection in the newly opened Special Collections reading room in the John Peace Library during regular hours or by appointment.
In addition to offering unique special collections, UTSA is the first university in the nation to offer a bookless brick-and-mortar library on a university or college campus. The 80-person capacity Applied Engineering and Technology Building Library, which caters to UTSA College of Sciences and College of Engineering students, is a satellite of the larger John Peace Library.
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The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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