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Librarians feed off of books and obscure information. We have always been a quirky bunch. To prove this, I dredged up the menu from the 1894 American Library Association Annual Convention in New York. The menu given to the Librarians was written in the Dewey Decimal system (I proved the translation from the same source)! The system designed by Melvil Dewey allocated books according to subject into one of ten major categories, each of which was subdivided into ten divisions, and each of these into ten sections. Numbers were assigned to each category, division, and section. Each number after the decimal point on the menu also allows insight about the food being served and in some cases it is rather specific. The actual fare was very 19th century, served in multiple courses, naturally. In case, you are wondering, yes, I could understand some of the Dewey-coded menu, but not all the nuanced information!

Librarian’s Menu

First Course

613.38 plus 596.48 a Eu 398.923.144

614.394 of 583.32 a la 944.36

Second Course

974.16  597.5  D944.37e

588.32 a la 944

Third Course

636.2-591.49 a la G54

583.79  944.36

Fourth Course

957 621.96

Fifth Course

598.6 plus 614.132 plus 536.46

583.55 plus 665.3 plus 664.5

Sixth Course

945.73  642

618.19 in 641

Seventh Course

634      613.38

 

The Non-Librarian Translation

First Course

Consomme a l’Imperatirice

Cream of Peas a la St. Germain

Second Course

Kennebec Salmon Dartoise

Third Course

Filet de Boef a la Godart

Potatoes Pariseiennes

Fourth Course

Siberian punch

Fifth Course

Roast Squab

Lettuce Salad

Sixth Course

Neapolitan Ice Cream

Sunshine Cake

Seventh Course

Fruit and Coffee

The source I am using provides the recipe for the Sunshine Cake which is a variation of Angel Food Cake, supposedly. If anyone is interested, let me know and I shall jot down the instructions. What I would love to know; what is Siberian Punch?! Sounds painful. *teehee* Also, for more information on the Dewey Decimal System this site is comprehensive.