Guide to the Papers of Cherry Ripe


MS 9388

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Collection Summary

Ripe, Cherry
Papers of Cherry Ripe
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 9388
0.96 metres (4 boxes and 1 folio box)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Scope and Content

Papers relating to Cherry Ripe's writing on food. The collection is composed mainly of drafts of Cherry Ripe's latest book, Ripe enough?, published by Allen & Unwin in 1999. It also includes correspondence with the publisher, recipes and related notes, and gastronomic articles. The main correspondents are Foong Ling Kong, editor with Allen & Unwin, Rowland Holmes and Glenn Wightman.

The 2001 addition contains correspondence, faxes, cuttings, drafts and proofs relating to the production of Cherry Ripe's first two books; Goodbye Culinary Cringe (1993) and Australia the beautiful cookbook (1995). The main correspondents are her editors Julie Gibbs and Anna Dollard at Allen & Unwin and Jane Fraser at Weldon Owen Inc.


Access conditions may apply to this collection, please refer to the collection's catalogue record for further information (

Copying and Publishing

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Cherry Ripe, National Library of Australia, MS 9388, [file number]'.


Files 1-10 were donated to the Library by Cherry Ripe in October 1999. A second instalment (files 11-21) was received in February 2001.

Biographical Note

Cherry Ripe is a journalist, writer and broadcaster. Her books include Goodbye culinary cringe (1993), Australia the beautiful cookbook (1995) and Ripe enough? (1999). She was food columnist for The Australian and has contributed to The Bulletin, Vogue entertaining, Australian gourmet traveller, the Wall Street journal, the Asian Wall Street journal and others. She has given papers at international food conferences and in 1994 she gave the keynote address at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, which had as its theme 'Going Today, Gone Tomorrow? Endangered Foods and Cuisines'. She has won a number of awards including the National Award for Gastronomic Writing (1990), the Kellogg's Award for Excellence in Nutrition Journalism (1993) and the inaugural Phillip Muskett Memorial Prize (1994).

Item Descriptions

Ripe enough?: Draft with extensive handwritten annotations, 2 diskettes, correspondence with Allen Unwin, 1998-1999 (File 1)

Ripe enough?: Annotated draft (File 2)

Ripe enough?: Annotated draft (File 3)

Ripe enough?: Draft, handwritten notes, correspondence with Foong Ling Kong,, 1998 (File 4)

Ripe enough?: Draft, correspondence with Foong Ling Kong, 1998 (File 5)

Ripe enough?: Annotated draft (File 6)

Ripe enough?: Draft (File 7)

Recipe notes, 2 business cards, correspondence with Rowland Holmes and Allen Unwin, 1998 (File 8)

Ripe enough?: Chapter drafts, letter from Glenn Wightman, 1998 (File 9)

Articles, recipes, handwritten notes (File 10)

Goodbye Culinary Cringe, unedited typescript, August 1992 (File 11)

Goodbye Culinary Cringe, various typescript chapters with handwritten annotations (File 12-13)

Correspondence with editors Julie Gibbs and Anna Dollard at Allen Unwin, 1992-1996 (File 14)

Also includes an annotated miscellaneous typescript of Goodbye Culinary Cringe.

Draft typescript of Australia the beautiful cookbook (File 15)

Correspondence with editor Jane Fraser Weldon Owen Inc regarding the production of Australia the beautiful cookbook, 1993-1994 (File 16)

Also includes some correspondence regarding the possibility of a television series based on the publication.

Short compositions on various food topics by Cherry Ripe, some were written for the Weekend Australian Review, 1990-1992 (File 17)

Copies of published articles, food writing guides, menus, clippings, and miscellaneous pages of typescript with notes (File 18)

Goodbye Culinary Cringe, typescript post page proofs, December 1992 (File 19)

Goodbye Culinary Cringe, typescript with handwritten annotations (File 20)

Australia the beautiful cookbook, proof with corrections, 1995 (File 21)

Container List

Box File/Piece
1 1-5
2 6-10
3 11-14
4 15-18
Folio 1 19-21