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In Canada, in addition to the flood of cookbooks that have come onto the market in recent years, culinary historians have started to write about the influence that food has had on Canadian culture and history. Bon appétit! A Celebration of Canadian Cookbooks has been designed to appeal not only to historians and sociologists, but also to anyone who enjoys cooking and good food.
Compiled from the Library and Archives Canada collection, the exhibition portrays the evolution of cooking in Canada. It begins with an introduction to the foods and cooking methods of Canada's indigenous peoples; and continues through to the culinary traditions of the early settlers, noting the coming of science to the kitchen at the beginning of the 20th century. It concludes with the multicultural heritage that is an integral part of how food is enjoyed today.
The site includes two fully searchable nineteenth-century cookbooks, as well as appetizing resources for students and teachers.