ian-2I’m currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at the University of Guelph. My first book, Food Will Win the War: The Politics, Culture and Science of Food on Canada’s Home Front is scheduled to be published in May 2014 by UBC Press. I have written on a number of topics, including the history of the food additive MSG and 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.

You can also follow me on Twitter @Ian_Mosby or check out my bio at Guelph’s Department of History. If you want to get in touch, email me at imosby (at) uoguelph.ca. I welcome any comments, suggestions, recipes, or donations of baked goods and old cookbooks that you want to send my way!


  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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