Bon appétit! A Celebration of Canadian Cookbooks


La cuisinière canadienne (1840) PDF 39.13 MB (Source)
The New Galt Cook Book (1898) PDF 53.91 MB (Source)

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.

About Bon appétit!

This website is based on the exhibition Bon appétit! A Celebration of Canadian Cookbooks, which was curated by Carol Martin, designed by Miriam Bloom and hosted at Library and Archives Canada from May 2004 through February 2005.

The Bon appétit! Web exhibition was produced by the Web Content and Services Division, Library and Archives Canada, and was made possible thanks to the expertise, commitment and enthusiasm of numerous contributors throughout Library and Archives Canada. The guidance and industry of the following were integral to this project:

  • Carol Martin, Curator
  • Plus Four Creative, Web Design
  • Carol White, Education Consultant

Special thanks are extended to Library and Archives Canada Web Technology Services, and to Gunnar Van Vliet, Nancy Fay, Jean-Pierre Lemasson, Elizabeth Driver and Anita Stewart.

We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the Department of Canadian Heritage, whose financial assistance through Canadian Culture Online (CCO) made this work possible.

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