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"It is very important that the Sisters learn to cook well so that they can teach the orphans in the community, the students in the convents, as well as the poor who are generally not capable of preparing their own meals" [translation] (p. 7-8). This early title, first published in 1878, remained an important guide to preparing food in Quebec through many editions and reprints, right up to the 1980s.
"Many technical aspects, such as the open hearth, brick ovens and iron and copper utensils that all gave a particular flavor to food, have practically disappeared. Technical procedures in the earliest recipes books are difficult to understand and cooking times and quantities of ingredients are often not specified" (p. 4).
Rabbit, plentiful and easy to catch, was a popular dish in French Canada, and remains so in many parts of Quebec today.