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Getting Organized for Christmas

Getting Organized for Christmas In 1943, BC Electric Home Service[i] produced a Home Service Bulletin booklet titled Christmas Festivities[ii], eight pages of menus and recipes.  It began with a time-table: What stood out for me on this list was putting up the decorations on December 22. I am already seeing decorated Christmas trees and outside […]

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Do Home Economics Teachers Cook?

Do Home Ec. Teachers Cook? Like the doctor’s children who get sick, or the bank managers who run up credit card debts, home economics teachers have often  been scrutinized for their everyday living habits.  Do they sew and cook for themselves and their families? Are they tidy housekeepers? The Vancouver and District Home Ec. Association […]

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Best loved cookbooks

                    Best-loved cookbooks, the ones with food stains all over the pages and split bindings are very far philosophically from coffee-table cookbooks with beautiful photographs and exotic ingredients. They’ve become popular ideas these days for contests.  The Old Grist Mill at Keremeos featured a “dirtiest cookbook” […]

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Retro cooking 1958

I’ve been trying retro cooking from 1958 recently. Silver Star Mountain Resort, 22 km. from Vernon, BC is celebrating 60 years of resort development this year and The British Columbia Women’s Institutes Centennial Cook Book was published in 1958. It included contributions from women throughout the province and provides a picture of how and what […]

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Čamus : west coast cooking Nuu-chah-nulth style – BC Food History Network

Čamus is a Nuu-chah-nulth word that means “Very satisfying when you’ve been well-fed” and the cookbook of the same name is featured in this book review. The book is published by Uu-a-thluk,  an aquatic management organization interested in the economic development of ocean resources in Nuu-chah-nulth territories. They state that the purpose of the book is […]

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Kootenay Fruit Growing and Falkland Community Cookbook

Kootenay Fruit Growing and the Falkland Community Cookbook are the topics of the latest book reviews.  For more book reviews, go to: http://www.bcfoodhistory.ca/food-history-resources/book-reviews/ Lost orchards, vanishing fruit farms of the West Kootenays began as a thesis by Joan Lang in the History Department at The University of Victoria in 1996.  It documents the development and decline […]

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Homemade Recipe Books

Homemade recipe books have a special place in my cookbook collection.  Older ones are handwritten or typed on mimeograph machines or spirit duplicators and put together by hand.  The covers are manila-tag, or  in more sophisticated efforts, wallpaper samples or  oilcloth trimmed with pinking shears.  They have been replaced by photocopied cookbooks and print-on-demand with […]

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Water and Wood – BC Food History Network

Water and Wood is a cook book by Megan Cole that combines information on the history and natural resources of the Powell River area, published by the Powell River Public Library. The title of the book and the titles of its four sections (Ocean, Lakes & Rivers, Farms & Gardens, Forest & Mountains)  immediately caught my […]

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