The Modern Family Cook Book

I try to limit my vintage cook book collecting to Canadian titles and publications, I need limits. But I can make an exception to my own rules. Recently I bought a book, The Modern Family Cook Book, by Meta Given (doesn’t sound like a real name?) published in Chicago in 1942, revised 1953.. This is…

Economical Custard Sauce

There are three things that stand out as remarkable on my first trip to England so many lifetimes ago; seeing Bob Geldoff and his girlfriend Paula Yates in all of their punk magnificence cross the King’s Road in London, traveling England to see XTC six times and finally having dinner with them in Edinburgh Scotland,…

When we are sick

Before walk-in clinics, health cards, 24 hour pharmacies, and NeoCitran, people got sick. Usually it was up to the women of the house to deal with the illness and help the patient, and using common sense she did just that; good simple food and lots of rest. In praise of slow¬† and the whole person…

Collecting Cook Books

I am a cook book collector, I have too many but I will continue to buy more, especially the used, splattered and discarded kind. I buy them at thrift stores, garage sales, and church bazaars. I prefer them to new cookbooks as they tell stories, sometimes the recipes are check marked,or there are hand written…

Women who Cook(ed) in Canada

October is Women’s History Month in Canada, and I think it’s important to recognize the meaningful contribution of women who cook and cooked in Canada. Women’s history until recently was often overlooked, ignored, or at best a foot note, but the women who cooked and wrote about it, who told their story, (which is our…

Pear Butter with Cream Scones

“They are employed today, making a delection they call Apple Butter.” ¬† Food in England, Dorothy Hartley “Apple Butter, or Apple Sauce-This is often made in the houses of settlers where there is an abundance of apples, on a large scale; several bushes of pared apples being boiled down, either in cider or with water,…