UofG925Ian Mosby is a historian of food, health and colonialism with a PhD from York University in Toronto, Ontario. His work has been featured in a wide range of both academic and non-academic publications and, in August 2016, he was named one of the 53 most influential people in Canadian food by the Globe and Mail.

Ian’s first book, Food Will Win the War: The Politics, Culture and Science of Food on Canada’s Home Front was published by UBC Press in 2014. Food Will Win the War was awarded the 2015 Political History Book Prize by the Canadian Historical Association and, in 2016, was shortlisted for a Canada Prize in the Humanities by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Ian also recently co-curated the still-running, “Food Will Win the War” exhibit at the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum.

Ian has written on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the history of the food additive MSG to the history of nutrition education and research in Canada. In 2013, his article on the history of nutrition research and human biomedical experimentation in Indigenous communities and residential schools during the 1940s and 1950s received widespread international media attention. In addition to continuing his main research on these and other experiments conducted in Indigenous communities and residential schools during the post WWII-era, Ian is also currently working on number of other research projects. These include a larger project on the history of food, colonialism and government efforts to ‘modernize’ Indigenous diets in Canada during the twentieth century; the history of United Church operated residential schools; the history of the infant food Pablum; and, in the longer term, the history of the production, consumption, and use of novel food technologies and industrially processed foods in Canada after 1945.

If you want to get in touch, you can email Ian at ian.mosby (at) gmail.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @Ian_Mosby.


  1. Libby

    Reading your piece ” History in grease stains…..” In the globe today, flooded me with sweet memories. I too have this very cookbook stashed , rescued with many other wonderful old cooking tomes when my mother died 2 years ago. Originally I thought I would just glean them for favourite recipe and publish a small vanity cook book/ photo book in her memory, but I find I cannot throw them away as they are so damn interesting and connected to her.

    Thanks for a lovely piece. I find vintage cookbooks to be as fascinating history books of a different time.

  2. Joan

    Read History in Grease Stains and Pencil Marks today and enjoyed it. I love old cookbooks, (much more than cooking), and I have some very cools one. Though, I’m not sure if any are Canadian. I’ll have to check. I’ve never met anyone who felt the same about old cookbooks as I do, so I’m happy to have found your site.

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  5. Gene Maynard

    Having read about the government action restricting nutrition to aboriginals, shouldnt we seek out and identify any living bureaucrats involved and have them tried for crimes of genocide?

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  7. LaLa

    I’m proud of you along with all my fellow Canadians. I’m curious what has happened to you since your discovery because ‘the powers that be’ will always try and destroy those who release the truth of just how corrupt the world that they have created really is.

    Your bravery has forced us all to recognize our evil in complacency. The Native People of these lands did not deserve such horrors that were wrought unto them by the selfish and sick conquerers. Don’t give up and please keep uncovering the truth and bringing it to Light. The people in power are a part of the ‘inner circle of corruption and complete secret agenda take over’. The Natives held too much power and that was a threat.

    Thank you for all your diligent work and the trust you have placed in that which is ‘right’ regardless of what the powers that be have done to stop you and destroy your career. Keep up the good work. There are many of us who see ‘the truth’ and value people like you.

  8. Rudy Busto

    Hi, I heard a story on National Public Radio (US) on MSG today. I Googled around and found your blog and then your journal article on Chinese Restaurant Syndrome. What a wonderful piece!! I’m writing a book on Asian American Religion, with a chapter on Filipino American food and religion. Your “Won-Ton Headache” piece is really valuable for working through the resistance some readers have to questioning “science.” Thanks!! I will be returning to your blog to read more of your work!!

  9. Stephanie Ortenzi

    I’m a food writer and columnist for Bakers Journal. Completely by chance, and fortunately for me, I learned about your book at the same time that I was asked to pitch an article with a historical focus for the magazine’s 75th anniversary. I’d like to I interview you for this article. I’ve just written to the publisher for a copy of the book. Would you be available for an interview in the first week of January? Thanks very much .. Stephanie Ortenzi

  10. Joey

    I re-read Planet Taco the other day after making flour tortillas from scratch with a heap of lard. I wondered what you’d been up to since leaving UofG. McMasters is lucky to have you!

    I also didn’t appreciate it at the time, but now that I’m doing my MLIS, the bibliography you assembled on your site is incredible! Keep up the good work, Dr. Mosby!


  11. Laura Lukewich

    Hi Toby,

    I hope this message finds you well. My name is Laura Lukewich and I work for the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario. Next May we are hosting the 5th annual National Aboriginal Physical Activity & Wellness Conference at the University of Guelph. This is the nation’s largest conference on physical activity & wellness for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. Each day of the conference will have a theme, one being truth and reconciliation and community development, which is on May 11th, 2017. ASWCO would be thrilled if you would be able to be a keynote speaker on this day.

    With your expertise and accomplishments, ASWCO would be honoured if you accept this invitation. Our organization would be happy to cover costs associated with your travel to the university, as well as your hotel expenses.

    Please let me know at your convenience if you will be able to join us for the event, and please do not hesitate to contact me via this email address.

    Laura Lukewich
    416 460 2213

  12. Peter Fillmore

    I have just read your article in the CCPA Monitor, “Canada 150 and truth about reconciliation”, and find it quite unsatisfactory. Our aboriginal population faces huge challenges. With the best will in the world it will take generations to solve them. You are impatient and hurl charges around with abandon. You impugn the motives of our forebears. You offer no evidence, not even references to material that would establish your claims. You seem at times to suggest that more money is the key to solving these problems. There is no evidence for this, and you forget the truth behind the nostrum “money is the root of all evil”. You refer to yourself as a “settler”. If that is the case, then so are we all–including our “native” population. Your conclusion that “Canada doesn’t have much to celebrate on its 150th anniversary” is ridiculous. We have plenty of problems, but also plenty to celebrate.

  13. Kesenew

    Peter Filmore….you are obviously an irate and jealous sob…. you are probably a closet kkk member with your comment ” our native population”….Iam an Indian and belong to no honky such as you are….empty heads are declining.

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