Canadian Cookbooks Online

On Canadian Cookbooks Online we will gradually post the cookbooks that tell us about the foods Canadians cooked, ate and shared in the past. We welcome suggestions.

Individuals and groups are invited to participate by financially sponsoring further scans of cookbooks for the project. The names of sponsors accompany each cookbook. We recommend sponsorships as holiday gifts!

Please Note: Ingredients, methods and cooking times listed in the cookbooks digitized on this website are consistent with the kitchen appliances and techniques that were in use in the period of publication of the various books. Current equipment and supplies may produce different results that are inconsistent with contemporary food safety theories. The Culinary Historians of Canada disclaim any liability in connection with the use of this information, especially for preserving.

1900-1909
Culinary landmarks, or half-hours with Sault Ste. Marie housewives. 3rd ed. Sault Ste Marie: 1909. 208p. (Driver O84.1)
Digitization of the cookbook has been sponsored by Elizabeth Driver

Meals of the day: a guide to the young housekeeper, by Sarah Lovell. Montreal: Lovell, 1904. 186p. (Driver Q54.1)
Digitization of the cookbook has been sponsored by Mary Williamson

1920-1929
Jeanne Anctil, 350 recettes de cuisine des écoles menagères provincials. Montreal : 1924. 265p. (Driver Q73.3)
Digitization of the cookbook has been sponsored by Amy Scott

The Art of Sandwich Making: a collection of famous – and fashionable sandwiches. Canada Bread Co., ca. 1926. 24p. (Driver O576.1)
Digitization of the cookbook has been sponsored in honour of Kathleen Mackintosh, Toronto.

1930-1939
New cook book of tested recipes. Evangeline Chapter, IODE Halifax: 1934. 132p. (Driver NS43.1)
Digitization of the cookbook has been sponsored by Robert Kincaide

The New Brunswick Cook Book: treasured recipes collected and edited by Aida Boyer McAnn, M.A. with illustrations by Mrs. Edward Hart. Sackville, NB: Tribune Printing Company, 1938. 80p. (Driver NB47.1)
Digitization of the cookbook has been sponsored by Jim Anderson.

1940-1949
United Farmers of Canada, Saskatchewan Section Limited. Cookbook. [Saskatoon]: 1940. 158p. (Driver S82.1)

Also:

  • Early Canadiana Online: Full texts of several pre-1900 cookbooks published in Canada, along with several thousand other titles in all disciplines. Searchable by keyword.
  • Cookbooks and Home Economics Collection: More than 3,800 downloadable and printable books from the Young Research Library Department of Special Collections at UCLA, the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Prelinger Library available through the Internet Archive, including such classics as Mrs. Beeton’s Household ManagementThe Cook’s Oracle by William Kitchiner and The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook by Fannie Farmer.
  • Bon Appétit: A Celebration of Canadian Cookbooks/Les livres de cuisine canadiens à l’honneur: An archived online exhibition produced by CHC member Carol Martin for Library and Archives Canada in 2003–04. It includes books, art and artefacts representing Canadian culinary history from aboriginal traditions to modern tastes as two searchable digitized cookbooks – La cuisinière canadienne (1840) and a revised edition of The Galt Cook Book (1898).
  • Feeding America: A digital collection of over 75 of the most important American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th centuries, based at Michigan State University Library. Several of the featured books were commonly used in Upper Canada.
  • What America Ate: An interactive website and online archive about food in the Great Depression, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, based on sources from the America Eats Project, which documented American eating across the country, including almost 200 community cookbooks and thousands of food-advertising materials from the 1930s.

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