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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.  “Chop Suey Nation” published in 2019 and written by Ann Hui, mentions chop suey and ginger beef, two popular menu items in Chinese Canadian restaurants from Victoria, BC to Fogo Island, Newfoundland. These constructed dishes have more to […]

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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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Snacks

Snacks by Janis Thiessen Janis Thiessen will make you re-think snacks and the class snobbery that blames them for an array of health problems and obesity. She begins by admitting that she loves potato chips and grew up in a family that regularly purchased pop and a variety of candy and processed snack foods. Thiessen […]

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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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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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A Case for Retro Recipes

Many of the recipes that I enjoyed in my childhood and youth now fall under the category of “retro recipes”. Recently I was struck by the contradictory and changing relationship that Canadians have with food and cooking. “Easy Does It”, an article by Corey Mintz in the Globe and Mail argues that we tell ourselves […]

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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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