Author Archive | Mary Leah de Zwart

Cookbook Research – Windermere Cookery

Cookbook Research: Windermere Cookery Using Cookbooks to Document the Challenges and Solutions of Daily Home Life  Cookbooks (and cookbook research) are sometimes not taken seriously.  Ferguson (2012) suggests that cookbooks deserve respect as a form of minor literature: they are written in stripped-down functional English that can be easily recognized (like poetry): they are political […]

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Pemmican

Pemmican Empire A recent article about Chef Shane Chartrand poses the question “How can one claim to be Canadian and never tasted pemmican?”[i] .  Pemmican is included in Feast: Recipes and stories from a Canadian road trip (Anderson & VanVeller, 2017). The television show and blog “Wild Kitchen” gives recipes and instructions for what has […]

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Chop suey and ginger beef – Chinese Canadian cuisine?

Chop suey and ginger beef – Chinese Canadian cuisine? Almost all small Canadian towns have a Chinese restaurant. Ann Hui reprises the “surprising history and vibrant presence” of these restaurants from Victoria, BC to Fogo Island, Newfoundland in her recent book, “Chop Suey Nation” (2019).  She observed a gap between her childhood food experiences as […]

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What’s making food history 3/29/19 – Celery Fad

Celery juice is the latest food fad to hit the news. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/celery-price-cost-juice-health-trend-1.5076439?fbclid=IwAR3Urs3XtQfzJH-E_Q91RURZsR2UlER62pLPUBZftkmXtdvhOiioe8FC4vE A BC Food History post on celery describes its past growing history, and also its known allergen qualities. Armstrong BC – Celery City No More All food fads need to be examined critically.  

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Pi Day

Thanks to KB for this information about Pi Day: *Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi Day is an annual […]

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Wild Game Cookery

Wild Game Cookery A recent CTV news item suggests government incentives to use more food from the land, or “country food”.[i]  Presently chronic food insecurity and hunger is a miserable fact of life for many Inuit and other Indigenous peoples in Canada’s Far North.  The supply of commercial foods is unreliable in cost, quality and […]

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