Collection of books originally part of the reference library at the Scottish Hotel School. The collection is made up of two components:
The Scottish Hotel School antiquarian collection comprising over 200 books on cookery dating mostly from 1776 to the 1940s. It includes 18th century Scottish cookery books, works by Mrs Beeton and other popular writers and books by 19th century French chefs such as Alexis Soyer.
The Scottish Hotel School cookery collection comprising over 700 books on cookery and wine, dating from 1885 to 2000 but primarily 20th century.