Also, browse the library shelves from call #s TX715 - TX725 for cookbooks for cuisines around the world.
Find many encyclopedias and dictionaries at the library desk and in the TX340 - TX353 area of the Harborside Library.
These sites offer info on specific ingredients.
Search for your specific ingredient. It may be helpful to add the word "~history". (Using the "~" will also locate synonyms of your word.)