Barbara Haber

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Born (1934-04-01) April 1, 1934 (age 90)
CitizenshipUnited States of America
AwardsJames Beard Foundation Award for Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America

Barbara Haber is a culinary historian and speaker. She curated books and organized events at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. During her time at Schlesinger, she expanded the library's collection from 8,000 to about 80,000 books—16,000 of which were food-related books or cookbooks.[1] Her addition of cookbooks was initially controversial. Julia Child added to the collection.[2]

Haber has also written about her own experiences and the history of cooking including in her 2010 book Hardtack to Homefries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals.In 2005 she wrote a culinary history book with Arlene Voski Avakian.

The James Beard Foundation honoredherwith a Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America award in 1997.[3]


  • Hardtack to Homefries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals May 8, 2010
  • Chapter in Cambridge World History of Food and the Encyclopedia of the History of American Food and Beverages, Oxford University Press
  • From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies with Arlene Voski Avakian[4]
  • Meals and Women in America: A Guide to Books[5]
  • "Life on the Edge" Harvard magazine January-February 2003[6]

In the media


  1. Allen, Erin (October 2006). "Food and Feminism: Haber Speaks on Culinary History". Library of Congress Information Bulletin. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  2. "Barbara Haber brought books and cooks to Schlesinger Library". January 16, 2003.
  3. "Barbara Haber | James Beard Foundation".
  4. "Critical Perspectives on Women and Food". 2005 – via JSTOR.
  5. "Barbara Haber". GCWS The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality at MIT.
  6. "Barbara Haber". Harvard Magazine.

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