Susan Reyburn


Susan Reyburn is a writer-editor in the Library of Congress Publishing Office in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words; Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America’s Game; Women Who Dare: Amelia Earhart; and co-author of Baseball Americana. A graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in history, she also holds a Master of Library & Information Science from Catholic University of America.




11:45 am to 12:30 pm
State Capitol, House Committee Room 5
American Feast: Cookbooks and Cocktails from the Library of Congress
with Zach Klitzman and Susan Reyburn

12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


American Feast: Cookbooks and Cocktails from the Library of Congress

Cookbooks offer key insights into what people eat, how they prepare it and share that knowledge, and what kinds of events demand certain dishes. They also tell us how tastes, expectations, and kitchen technology remain or change over time.

American Feast: Cookbooks and Cocktails from the Library of Congress showcases some of the 40,000 books related to cookery in the nation's library. From the earliest founding-era American household manuals to twenty-first century themed cookbooks and everything in between, this book traces the lip-smacking evolution of American recipes.

nd not just food recipes, but cocktail recipes too! For what goes better before, after, or with a delicious meal than the right liquid concoction? The word "cocktail" originated in America, and the Library houses a wide collection of cocktail-related materials as well.

Whether you are a gourmet chef or have never touched a frying pan; whether you are an expert mixologist or don't know your spritzes from your bitters, you can enjoy this feast of Americana and perhaps find yourself a new signature dish or drink.


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