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Culinary Indexing SIG

A Special Interest Group of the American Society for Indexing

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Resources for Culinary Indexers

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Indexing Articles

"Indexing Recipe Titles" by Thérèse Shere. (PDF) Chapter from the ASI publication Indexing Specialties: Cookbooks (Nickerson, Leise, Hudoba, eds.; Medford, NJ: Information Today/American Society of Indexers, 2009) Beyond Book Indexing: A Review by Kathy Spaltro
Cookbook Indexing: Not as Easy as ABC by Rose Grant, ASI Newsletter, May/June 1990
Cookbook Reviews by Elizabeth Parson
The Culinary Guild of New England, Indexing—an entry by Elizabeth Parson
Culinary Indexers’ Reference Sources: Results of a 2014 Survey of Culinary Indexers by Catherine Sassen
An Encounter with Julia Child by Diane Worden, Key Words, May/June & July/August 1997
"Estimating the Size of an Index" excerpt from Indexing Books by Nancy Mulvany
"Exhaustivity of Indexes" excerpt by Bella Hass Weinberg
Food for Thought by Gillian Watts & Catherine Sassen, The Indexer, December 2014
Handbook of Indexing Techniques excerpt by Linda Fetters
In Defense of Specialists by Rose Grant, Key Words, September/October 1997
Letters to The Indexer by Rose Grant and Lucy Pollard
Indexer! Indexer! by Willowdean Vance
Indexes in Classic Cookbooks: An Analysis of the Indexes in The Joy of Cooking, 1931-1997 by Catherine Sassen
Cookbook section of Indexing from A to Z by Hans Wellisch
A Piece of Cake? Cookbook Indexing--Basic Guidelines and Resources by Cynthia Bertelsen, Key Words, Jan/Feb 1999
recipes and culinary remarks review IASC Bulletin, January-April 1995, Translated by Judy Hunt
Indexing chapter excerpt from Recipes into Type by Joan Whitman and Dolores Simon
Starting an Indexing Business and Marketing Your Indexing Services: A Review by Kathy Spaltro

Online Reference Sources for Culinary Indexing

Cafe Creosote Dictionary of Cooking Terms: searchable dictionary
CooksInfo Encyclopedia
The Cook's Thesaurus: Substitutes and alternate ingredient names
Encyclopedia of Spices:
English-American recipe translator
Food Lexicon
French-English Food Dictionary
Global Gourmet: Cooking measures and conversions calculator
Glossary of Indian food & cooking terms
How to live gourmet culinary terms
International gourmet cooking terms and techniques
Library of Congress subject headings for cookbooks
Linda's culinary dictionary
Recipe link: Huge collection of links/conversions/recipes
Spanish English bilingual food glossary

Specific Food and Ingredient Glossaries

Chocolate glossary: World Cocoa Foundation
Encyclopedia of Spices:
Glossary of Indian food & cooking terms
Spice Pages, Gernot Katzer's: Site has several indexes
Tea FAQ from
Whisky glossary

Indexing Listservs

Culinary SIG Group on Google Groups  
Index-L archives  
Indexers Discussion Group on

Professional Indexing Associations

American Society for Indexing (ASI)
Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB)
Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI)
China Society of Indexers (CSI)
Indexing Society of Canada (IASC/SCAD)
Society of Indexers (SI) United Kingdom

Indexing Special Interest Groups 

This list contains only SIGs that have a Web site. For information on other SIGs, please see ASI SIGs.

Gardening and Environmental Studies
Politics/International Relations
Society for Technical Communication Indexing SIG
Taxonmomies & Controlled Vocabularies
Web and Electronic Indexing 

Professional Culinary Associations

International Association of Culinary Professionals
Guild of Food Writers
James Beard Foundation
Web Food Pros
Oldways Preservation & Exchange Trust

Publishers and Writers' Helpers

Bookwire by Bowker
Literary Marketplace
National Writers Union
Publishers Weekly
Writing-World: Links to writers resources, dictionaries, and content from Inkspot)

Additional Links

BBC food

Eat Your Books online cookbook index/search engine
Epicurious: Recipes, articles, and food guides
Food Network
The Hunger Site: Donate food for free
Slow Food: The antidote to fast food