01 February 2022
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Cookbook Finder

Cookbook Finder was an experimental, works-based application that provided access to thousands of cookbooks and other works about food and nutrition described in library records. You could search by person, place, topic (e.g., course, ingredient, method, and more) and browse related works by author and topic (supplied by the Kindred Works/Recommender API). Results included links to full-text when available from HathiTrust and Project Gutenberg.

This project applied principles of the FRBR model to aggregate bibliographic information above the manifestation level. Records were clustered into OCLC Research-generated work sets using author and title information from bibliographic and authority records. Data elements from records within a given set were aggregated at the work level to form descriptions that were richer and more complete than the descriptions in individual bibliographic records.


FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) is a conceptual reference model developed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The model provides "a reference point for testing the validity and robustness of extant data models and data structures. It can therefore be used to improve extant formats as well as to provide guidance for the process of developing new formats" (FRBR – Frequently Asked Questions).  FRBR provides the foundation for the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard.


Related Work






Diane Vizine-Goetz

Team Members

JD Shipengrover

Roger Thompson

Harry Wagner