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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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Community Cookbook Analysis – “Personal Recipes”

Community Cookbook Analysis – “Personal Recipes” – All Saints Anglican Church, Vernon, BC Old cookbooks are endlessly fascinating. They cause us to remember events and occasions of the past and when we thumb through them we may remember aromas, first tastes, traditions, failures, good and bad times. Community cookbooks provide a window into women’s lives […]

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Cookbook Research

Cookbook Research Provides a Window to BC Food History – The Navy League Chapter of the Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire Victory Cook Book (1941)   Cookbooks are increasingly being recognized as primary sources for historical research as they offer original, uninterpreted information often reflecting tastes and cooking practices of the home cooks. […]

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Four Ways to Roast a Turkey in BC

Four Ways to Roast a Turkey in BC Food researchers are increasingly using cookbooks sources for historical, cultural, and sociological data. Some people suggest that one way to approach recipe research is to look at examples of the same recipe from different cookbooks (e.g., Cotter,1997; Leach & Inglis , 2003; Wheaton, 2014)[i] . By examining […]

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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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