Archive | Food in History

Hospital Food

Hospital Food of the Past While there is a claim that hospital food is being revolutionized[i] by sourcing and preparing more local, nutritious food, a friend who recently spent some time in a BC hospital described the food as “downright awful.” We are reminded especially in the Okanagan that the soil is productive and at […]

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BC Studies book reviews related to food history

In an earlier blog, I wrote about our project to document food related articles in BC historical journals.  I annotated the articles I identified in BC Studies: The British Columbia Quarterly, a scholarly journal that published peer-reviewed research. Each issue also featured book reviews.  In the early guidelines for BC Studies, Margaret Prang suggested that […]

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Food in BC Forts

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of 19th century history of British Columbia, trying to understand the traders, sea captains, drovers, packers, sappers and others who ventured here in the early contact years of British Columbian history. References to food appear occasionally among these readings. In the 11th Report of Okanagan History, Frank Haskins included […]

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Okanagan History Journal Bibliography

  As Gale mentioned in her May 3 Blog, during the past year we have reviewed three BC history journals searching for articles that can be considered “food history”. Our goal was to identify published articles that were specifically about food history in BC; and to create a reference for researchers interested in BC Food […]

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Cariboo Sunflowers

Cariboo sunflowers are a beautiful marker of spring and in the not-too-distant past they were also an important food crop for the First Nations peoples of the BC interior. This plant, also known as arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata), is a member of the aster family. Nowadays it grows plentifully on hillsides and grasslands.        […]

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