About

ian-2I’m currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University. My first book, Food Will Win the War: The Politics, Culture and Science of Food on Canada’s Home Front has just been published by UBC Press. I’ve also written on a number of other topics, ranging from the history of the food additive MSG to the history of nutrition education and research in Canada. Most recently, my article on the history of nutrition research and human biomedical experimentation in Aboriginal communities and Indian residential schools during the 1940s and 1950s received widespread international media attention. In addition to working with communities impacted by these nutrition experiments, I am also currently working on number of research projects. These include a larger research project on the history of food and colonialism in twentieth century Canada; the history of the infant food Pablum; the history of Canadian cookbooks and cuisine; and 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, email me at ian.mosby (at) gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter @Ian_Mosby. I welcome any comments, suggestions, recipes, or donations of baked goods and old cookbooks that you want to send my way!

9 comments

  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!!

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