Not sure if you out there in cyberspace have seen Ivan May’s great blog or his recent post on “Joke Food” or not. If so, I would strongly suggest giving it a look if you are into illusion foods and learning about some fun things to make with sugar paste, marzipan and the like.
Also, there is a great resource for illusion foods and displays at the Getty called The Edible Monument. Check that one out if you love historical festival research, sugar sculpture info, cookbooks and table setting info… just a lot of great cooking stuff.
Both links have been added to my links sections for reference.
I came across a fantastic website, a non-profit, which has many historical and non-historical cookbooks available for download. They have various years, various types and in different formats (some in Kindle and mostly in HTML). For those trying to save money, this is a great resource for research.
Project Gutenberg: Books in Cookery
Some of the sample downloads available are The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887), Foods that will win the War and How to Cook Them (1918), Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome by Apicius, Accomplisht Cook by Robert May, Forme of Cury, Book of Household Management by Mrs. Beeton… just to name a few.