History of Mexico

Use this guide to find primary and secondary sources for the study of all periods of Mexican history.

Mexican Cookbook Collection

UTSA’s Mexican Cookbook Collection includes over 1,900 titles in English and Spanish documenting the variety and history of Mexican cuisine from 1789 to the present.  Areas of particular focus include traditional recipes, regional cooking, and healthy eating.

The core of the collection was donated by San Antonio resident Laurie Gruenbeck, who acquired the cookbooks during her travels in Texas and Mexico over 30 years. The collection continues to grow through purchases and gifts.


Visit Special Collections on Main Campus at the John Peace Library to access Rare Books and Manuscripts. Please visit during regular hours or contact us to make an appointment.

View a complete list of the collection in the Library Catalog, by doing a search for "Mexican Cookbook Collection."  

Nineteenth Century Bestsellers

Manuscript Cookbooks

Libreta de Cocina, handwritten recipe book by Socorro Rubio, 1939.
[TX716.M4 R82 1939]
[digital facsimile]

Josefina Velazquez de Leon

Josefina Velázquez de León was a prolific mid-century cookbook writer from Mexico City.  She also founded two cooking schools and was an early pioneer in culinary television.  To see more of her books, do a search in Library Quick Search for "Velázquez de León, Josefina."