Author Archive | Linda Peterat

Food Security in 1860s British Columbia

Food Security in 1860s British Columbia Lately I have been reading the Cariboo Sentinel newspaper from the late 1860s (https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers/xcariboosen)[i] searching for information on a few historic characters I am researching. At the same time I have been drawn to articles about food of the time. From the mid 1860s up to 1871 was an […]

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Chocolate – dream or nightmare

Chocolate – dream or nightmare Probably no food other than chocolate is as controversial, challenging and consequential. Ever since humans began to drink cocoa in the early days of Mayan society, there have been claims made for its health benefits. These many beneficial claims continue today, usually based on research funded by large chocolate companies.[i] […]

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On Strike for “Fair” Chocolate

On Strike for “fair” Chocolate In the previous blog, I highlighted the irony that Carol Off considered in her book Bitter Chocolate[i] and the vast distance she described between the hand that picks the cocoa and the hand that picks the chocolate bar from the store shelf in our community.  In both cases the hands […]

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Food from home to the war front

Food From Home to the War Front Food was one way that Canadians at home could support their troops overseas, either by rationing or economizing or sending care packages. A previous post described War Cake, popular during both World Wars I and II and modified in peacetime. It stores and travels well, remaining moist and […]

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