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History of Canadian Cookbooks

The Pioneer Kitchen

Central Canada: Ontario

One of the earliest recorders of Canadian domestic history was Una Abrahamson: "I want my children to have an understanding and a pride in their inheritance, to know and to understand the self-reliance, the courage as well as the joys and tragedies of our recent past" (p. viii).

As well as reproducing recipes from books used in early Ontario kitchens, the author provides information about the cookbooks that were available at the time, often including their publishing history.

A collection of pioneer and Victorian recipes as prepared at the many museums and pioneer villages throughout Ontario.

Patricia Beeson. Macdonald Was Late for Dinner: A Slice of Culinary Life in Early Canada. Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 1993

A fascinating collection of period photographs, stories and recipes from 19th-century books and cooks.