Some time ago, I mentioned acquiring some cookbooks that had belonged to my friend Sharon’s mother. Unfortunately, I didn’t mark any of these in any way to differentiate between those of Sharon’s mother and others I acquired when I was in Ontario, Canada, in 2009 and Sharon and I visited some used book stores—OR those sent to me by my Michigan penpal, Betsy, who began sending me a lot of Canadian cookbooks when she learned of my interest.
So, other community cookbooks from Canada found their way onto my bookshelves. However, that being said, I think that many of the Canadian community cookbooks originally belonged to Sharon’s mother. Sharon has a few cookbooks that she’s kept—some of whi
ch came from me!
A Sandychatter subscriber expressed interest in these Canadian Community cookbooks and requested a list of the titles, so that she can look for some of these books. My subscriber is a former Canadian now living in the USA but she writes that she & her husband frequently “go home” to Canada to visit friends and relatives. So, Marie, the following is for you. Perhaps having a list of titles will enable you to find more of the books you are interested in. And making frequent trips to Ontario might make finding some of them more accessible. I will ask Sharon if she remembers the name of the used book store we visited on our way to Ft Erie one day when I was in Canada.
The following list is not restricted to Canadian community cookbooks; many of the not-necessarily-community cookbooks have been included because I found them interesting and perhaps while not “community” cookbooks in the strictest sense of the word are regional cookbooks.
PURITY COOK BOOK 875 TEST RECIPES Purity Flour Mills Toronto, 1932 reprinted 1945, hardcover nicely done!
CENTENNIAL COOKBOOK CHURCH OF CHRIST, FENWICK, ONTARIO, CIRCA 1946, spiral bound, photo of church on cover, larger than most cookbooks, more like 8½ x 11” in size. From Sharon’s mother.
FAVOURITE RECIPES BOOK NO. 2, LADY GREY CHAPTER I.O.D.E., Ft. William, Ontario. Blue cover with insignia of Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire 1946. *Sandy’s cooknote: I believe I bought this book in Tulsa, Oklahoma in August 1973. The handwritten date inside the book is in my handwriting!
THE BLACK WHALE COOKBOOK/Fine old recipes from the Gaspe coast. Soft cover booklet compiled by Mrs. Ethel Renouf. Not a community cookbook but interesting collection of old recipes handed down from Mother to Daughter. 1948.
BRITISH COLUMBIA ELECTRIC LADIES CLUB, COOKBOK. 1948, soft cover, New Westminster, B.C. Booklet was compiled by the BC Electric’s Home Service Centre staffed by home economists.
THE FLYING SKILLET, RCAF STATION ROCKCLIFFE, sponsored by The Women’s Auxiliary RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 1954, offset printing handwritten entries, spiral bound. (One of my favorites!)
BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMENS INSTITUTE CENTENNIAL COOKBOOK, 1959
DUTCH OVEN, cookbook of coveted traditional recipes from the kitchens of Lunenburg, spiral bound, 8th edition 1963, offset printing, all contributors handwritten recipes. Another favorite!
BUSTLE TO HUSTLE WOMEN’S AUXILIARY ST JOSEPH HOSPITAL HAMILTON ONTARIO, spiral, soft cover, 1967
THE PLEASURES OF THE TABLE/WOMENS COLLEGE HOSPITAL, TORONTO, 1968 CLIPPING, BOOK UNDATED.
RECIPES FOR YOUNG HOMEMAKERS, MANITOBA HOME EC TEACHERS, 1968
P.B. THE CANADIAN COOKOOK, Mme. Jehane Benoit, 1970
KITCHEN CAPERS, JUNIOR SERVICE LEAGUE OF MANITOWOC COUNTY 1971, spiral bound, soft cover.
FAVORITE RECIPES, KITIMAT LION L’S KITIMAT, BRITISH COLUMBIA, spiral bound, but undated. However, 1973-74 is handwritten on the dedication page.
FAVOURITE RECIPES FROM THE LADIES OF CENTRAL UNITED CHURCH, LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA, 1974, Stapled booklet, recipes all offset printing, oddly printed in blue ink, a few recipes difficult to read but otherwise interesting with recipes accompanied at times with cute little illustrations.
THE EARLY CANADIAN GALT COOKBOOK, Originally published 1898 BY THE LADIES OF GALT compiled and edited by Margaret Taylor and Frances McNaught ; facsimile published by Coles Publishing Toronto 1974 soft cover, bound. Many listings on Google; none explain who “the ladies of Galt” were.
TEMPTING TREATS FROM ONTARIO MAPLE BUSHES, published by Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association, spiral bound, January 1976
CULINARY TREASUES CENTENNIAL 1867-1967 ST BASIL’S UKRAINIAN WOMEN’S LEAGUE, ALBERTA, REPRINTED 1977
FROM OUR KITCHEN TO YOURS, GOOD NEWS UNITED STAMFORD UNITED CHURCH, NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO, spiral bound, blue cover with picture of the church, undated! However, there is a recipe for hot wings which leads me to think this was a 1970s cookbook.
NEWFOUNDLAND RECIPES from the Kitchens of Newfoundland, soft cover booklet by Carol Over, many printings. Many signed recipes from contributors, definitely a local flavor—Moose Pot Pie and Moose Stew, Fried Cod Tongues, Moose cabbage rolls, something called Bangbelly (a traditional Christmas Eve Dish) – and what are partridgeberries and where can I buy some? 1st printed 1979.
TO SUIT ALL TASTES—A Bicentennial Cookbook Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, Ontario spiral bound 1980.
CANADA COOKS, WIVES OF CANADIAN FOCES PERSONNEL IN THE USA 1981 spiral bound.
COOKING FOR TWO, WINNIPEG DACHSHUND CLUB, 1982. Spiral bound.
UWC GOURMET COLLECTION (University Woman’s Club of St Catharines, 1983, spiral bound.
TASTE NIAGARA, THE PRESERVATIOPN OF AGRICULTURAL LANDS SOCIETY, written & compiled by Garcia Janes, Ontario 1984, spiral bound.
THE LAURA SECORD CANADIAN COOK BOOK, ring binding, Canadian Home Economics Association, 1984
A TASTE OF VANCOUVER, RECIPES FOM THE CHEFS OF CANADA’S WEST COAST, spiral binding, 1985 –not a community cookbook – but interesting!
Manitoulin CENTENNIAL MANOR INTERNATIONAL COOKBOOK AND OLD FAMILY FAVOURITES, 20 YEARS ANNIVERSARY 1987, ring binding
CANADA COOKS! Microwave, spiral bound BY Ann Merling, 1988
THE LIGHTHOUSE COOKBOOK, Anita Stewart, Harbour Publishing, 1988
LET’S BREAK BREAD TOGETHER – UNITED CHURCHES IN CANADA, 1988, ring binding, Manitoba; contributions list churches not individuals.
FAVORITE RECIPES HAY LAKES LADIES CLUB, ALBERTA, plastic ring binding. Undated!
NIAGARA FALLS CURLING CLUB LADIES SECTION casseroles, desserts and Christmas recipes, spiral bound, contains history of Niagara Falls Curling Club dating back to 1887, spiral bound, contains recipe for Harvey Wallbanger Cake (late 70s, early 80s?)
THE TASTE OF SUCCESS, CIBC IN SUPPORT OF CHILDRENS HOSPITAL FOR CHEDOKE-MC MASTER, Wire ring bindings. Undated!
FIVE ROSES “A GUIDE TO GOOD COOKING” from Lake of the Woods Mills, Montreal, 25th edition undated! Soft cover, ring binding. Many recipes!
COOKING COLLAGE OF RODMAN HALL, St. Catharine’s, plastic ring binding, offset printing with individually handwritten recipes. Undated!
EDWARDSBURG RECIPE BOOK, the Canada Starch Co, booklet Montreal small booklet, undated! Looks very old judging by photographs—related to Argo Starch and Mazola oil?
TESTED REIPE USING CANADA’S CANNED FOODS, booklet, Home Economics section, American Can Company, Hamilton Ontario. Undated; photos look like 1950s.
A FAMILY TRADITION, THE MAGIC BAKING PODER COOKBOOK –booklet, Standard brands, undated, photo on cover looks like 1940s or 50s.
ZONTA CLUB, Niagara Falls, Ontario, undated, offset printing (so all recipes are individually written by participants), spiral bound, ads
OUR FAVORITE RECIPES/Dames Auxiliaires Paroisse des Saints-Martyrs Canadiens St Boniface, Manitoba, undated, spiral bound, ads.
“BE PREPARED” Niagara District Scouters Council, spiral bound with green cover, undated.
ST ANTHONY’S HOSPITAL, ESTERHAZY, SASKATCHEWAN 50 YEARS WE CARE, undated, spiral bound.
FAVORITE RECIPES FOR HOME & COUNTRY CALAHOO WOMENS INST. CALAHOOO, ALBERTA, ADS/SPIRAL BOUND, UNDATED
THE BEST IN COOKING IN HARBOUR GRACE, NEWFOUNDLAND, undated/ads
iF you know the publishing dates of the ones marked undated–feel free to write a correction to me!
Happy Cooking and happy cookbook collecting