Canadian Food History Bibliography

Below is my preliminary attempt to compile a bibliography of books and articles on the history of food and nutrition in Canada. As you’ll note, the focus is on food consumption more than food production. One reason for this is that the literature on food production – whether it’s agriculture, fisheries, or food processing – is much more well developed in Canada than the history of food consumption. I’m still working on a bibliography for the history of food production in Canada, but it’s something of an overwhelming task at this point. I have therefore chosen to include works on food production only insomuch as they speak to changes in Canadian food consumption practices.

As you can see below, there are few scholarly monographs devoted to food consumption. Professional historians have lagged behind much of the excellent work done by public historians – working independently or with libraries, archives, museums, and community groups – as well as journalists and other popular food writers. But I have also attempted to include as many academic books and articles as possible that discuss issues around the politics, culture, and science of food. Topics range from the semiotics of individual recipes to studies in the history of nutrition to historical accounts of famine and starvation.

I recognize that this list is incomplete, as it currently stands, so I strongly encourage you to email me (imosby at or leave a comment listing any articles or books that I might have missed. The goal of this bibliography is to provide a useful entry point into food history for students and others interested in exploring the field, while also highlighting the versatility of food history as an area of serious scholarly inquiry.

Good starting points for anyone looking to learn more might include Franca Iacovetta, Valerie Korinek, and Marlene Epp’s Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History (2012); Diane Tye’s Baking as Biography: A Life Story in Recipes (2010); Nathalie Cooke’s What’s to Eat? Entrées in Canadian Food History (2009); Steve Penfold’s The Donut: A Canadian History (2008); and Elizabeth Driver’s Culinary Landmarks: A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks, 1825-1949 (2008).


Abrahamson, Hilary. Victorians at Table: Dining Traditions in Nineteenth-century Ontario. Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Culture and Recreation, 1981.

Abrahamson, Una. God Bless Our Home: Domestic Life in Nineteenth Century Canada. Toronto: Burns & MacEachern, 1966.

Anderson, Carol, and Katharine Mallinson. Lunch with Lady Eaton: Inside the Dining Rooms of a Nation. Toronto: ECW Press, 2004.

Audet, Bernard, Se nourrir au quotidien en Nouvelle-France. Sainte-Foy, éditions GID, 2001.

Baillargeon, Denyse. Making Do: Women, Family and Home in Montreal During the Great Depression. Yvonne Klein, trans. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1999.

Baillargeon, Denyse. Un Québec en mal d’enfants. La médicalisation de la maternité, 1910-1970. Montréal: les éditions du remue-ménage, 2004.

Barss, Beulah M. The Pioneer Cook: A Historical View of Canadian Prairie Food. Calgary: Detselig Enterprises, 1980.

Boisvenue, Lorraine. Le guide de la cuisine traditionnelle québécoise. Montreal: Editions internationales Alain Stanke, 1979.

Bates, Christina. Out of Old Ontario Kitchens: a Collection of Traditional Recipes of Ontario and the Stories of the People Who Cooked Them. Toronto: Pagurian Press, 1978.

Bannerman, Norma, et al. “Canadian Home Economics Association 1939-1989.” Illinois Teacher of Home Economics 33, no. 1 (1989): 2–6.

Bannerman, Norma, Shirley Rebus, and Smith, Alrene. We Are Tomorrow’s Past: History of the Canadian Home Economics Association. Ottawa: Canadian Home Economics Association, 1989.

Beeson, Patricia. MacDonald Was Late for Dinner: A Slice of Culinary Life in Early Canada. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 1993.

Binnema, Theodore (Ted) and Melanie Niemi, “‘Let the line be drawn now’: Wilderness, Conservation, and the Exclusion of Aboriginal People from Banff National Park in Canada,” Environmental History 11 (4) 2006: 724-750.

Bodirsky, Monica, and Jon Johnson. “Decolonizing Diet: Healing by Reclaiming Traditional Indigenous Foodways,” Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures 1, no. 1 (2008).

Bradbury, Bettina. “Pigs, Cows, and Boarders: Non-Wage Forms of Survival Among Montreal Families, 1861-91,” Labour/Le Travail, 14 (Fall 1984), 9-46.

Brasset, Rose-Line et Jacques Saint-Pierre. Plaisirs gourmands, 1885-1979. Québec, Les publications du Québec, 2009.

Briand, Catherine, “The Performance of the Meal in 17th-Century French Travel Accounts to New France,” Food, Culture and Society, 11,2 (2008): 219–241.

Broadfoot, Barry. Ten Lost Years, 1929-1939: Memories of Canadians Who Survived the Depression. Toronto: Doubleday, 1973.

Broadfoot, Barry. Six War Years, 1939-1945: Memories of Canadians at Home and Abroad. Toronto: Doubleday, 1974.

Brownridge, Eleanor et Elizabeth Upton. Canadian Dieticians : Making a Difference, Rejoice in the Past, Reflect for the Future. Toronto, The Canadian Dietetic Association, 1993.

Campbell, Lara. Respectable Citizens: Gender, Family, and Unemployment in Ontario’s Great Depression. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

Carr, D. Candymaking in Canada: The History and Business of Canada’s Confectionery Industry. Toronto: Dundurn Group, 2003.

Carstairs, Catherine. “Food, Fear and the Environment in the Long 1960s.” In Debating Dissent: The 1960s in Canada, edited by Dominique Clement, Lara Campbell and Greg Kealey (Toronto: UTP, 2012), 29-46.

Carter, Sarah. Lost Harvests: Prairie Indian Reserve Farmers and Government Policy. Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queen’s, 1990.

Cho, Lily. Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

Cohen, Yolande. “De la nutrition des pauvres maladies: L’histoire du Montreal Diet Dispensary de 1910 à 1940,” Histoire Sociale/Social History XLI, 81 (May 2008): 134-163.

Colas, Valéry. “La Crise, les écoliers et l’accès au lait.” Cap-aux-Diamants, no. 71 (2002), 34-37.

Colpitts, George. Game in the Garden: A Human History of Wildlife in Western Canada to 1940. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2002.

Colpitts, George. “’Victuals to Put into our Mouths’: Environmental Perspectives on Fur Trade Provisioning Activities at Cumberland House, 1775-1782” in The Early Northwest: History of the Prairie West Series (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2008): 125-146.

Colpitts, George. “Buffalo Hump and Moose Nose: The Food Exchange in the British North American Fur Trade, 1780-1840” in Dining on Turtles: Food, Feasts and Drinking in History (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007): 64-81.

Comacchio, Cynthia. Nations Are Built of Babies: Saving Ontario’s Mothers and Children. Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 1993.

Cooke, Nathalie ed. What’s to Eat? Entrées in Canadian Food History. Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.

Cooke, Nathalie. “Cookbooklets and Canadian Kitchens,” Material Culture Review, Special Issue on Domestic Foodscapes ed. Rhona Richman Kenneally and Jordan LeBel, 70 (Fall 2009): 22-33.

Cooke, Nathalie. “Getting the Mix Just Right for the Canadian Home Baker.” Essays on Canadian Writing Volume 78 (Winter 2003): 192-219.

Cooke, Nathalie. “Bread, Biscotti, and Cappuccino: Tabling the Conversation of
Culture.” Italian Canadiana 14 (2002): 1-13.

Cooke, Nathalie. “Canada’s Food History Through Cookbooks.” Critical Perspectives in Food Studies. Mustafa Koc, Jennifer Sumner and Tony Winson, Eds. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2012: 33-48.

Cooke, Nathalie. “Cookbooks and Culture.” Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada.
W.H. New, Ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002: 234-5.

Cooke, Nathalie. “Poems and recipes: what do these two magpie modes have in
common?” RANAM: Recherches anglaises et nord américaines 43 (2010): 65-82.

Corless, Tara. “‘Lunch Boxes on the March’: Women, Family-Feeding, and the Nova Scotia Nutrition Programme, 1935-1959” MA Thesis, Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s and Mount Saint Vincent Universities, 1998.

Coulombe, Caroline. “Entre l’art et la science: la littérature culinaire et la transformation des habitudes alimentaires au Québec” Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française 58, No. 4, (2005): 507-533.

Crellin, J. K. “Early Settlements in Newfoundland and the Scourge of Scurvy,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 17 (2000): 127-136

Crowley, Terry. “Madonnas Before Magdalenes : Adelaide Hoodless and the Making of the Canadian Gibson Girl,” Canadian Historical Review, vol. 67, no. 4 (1986), p. 520-547.

Danylewycz, Marta. “Domestic Science Education in Ontario, 1900-1940,” in Ruby Heap and Alison Prentice, eds, Gender and Education in Ontario (Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 1991): 129-47.

Danylewycz, Marta, Nadia Fahmy-Eid et Nicole Thivierge. “L’enseignement ménager et les ‘Home Economics’ au Québec et en Ontario au début du xxe siècle. Une analyse comparée” in J. Donald Wilson, ed. An Imperfect Past. Education and Society in Canadian History (Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 1984), 67-119.

Davies, Charles. Bread Men: How the Westons Built an International Food Empire. Toronto: Key Porter, 1987.

Desloges, Yvon. À Table en Nouvelle France. Québec: Les Éditions du Septentrion, 2009.

Desloges, Yvon. “Les Québécois Francophones et leur ‘identité’ alimentaire : De Cartier à Expo 67.” Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures 3, no. 1 (2011).

DeLottinville, Peter. “Joe Beef of Montreal: Working-Class Culture and the Tavern, 1869-1889,” Labour/Le Travailleur, (Autumn/Spring 1981/82), 9-40.

Deur, Douglas, and Nancy J. Turner. Keeping It Living: Traditions of Plant Use and Cultivation on the Northwest Coast of North America. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005.

De Zwart, Mary Leah. “White Sauce and Chinese Chews: Recipes as Postcolonial Metaphors” in Unsettled Pasts: Reconceiving the West through Women’s History, Sara Carter et. al. eds. (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2005), 129-151.

Djebabla, Mourad «Le gouvernement fédéral et la diète de guerre proposée et imposée aux Canadiens» Bulletin d’histoire politique (vol. 20, no 2) Automne 2011.

Dodd, Dianne. “Women and Domestic Technology: Household Drudgery, ‘Democratized Consumption,’ and Patriarchy.” In Framing Our Past: Canadian Women’s History in the Twentieth Century, edited by Sharon Anne Cook, Lorna R McLean and Kate O’Rourke (Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001), 101-110.

Dodd, Dianne, “Women in Advertising: The Role of Canadian Women in the Promotion of Domestic Electrical Technology in the Interwar Period” in Despite the Odds: Essays on Canadian Women and Science, Marianne Gosztonyi Ainley, ed., Montréal: Véhicule Press, 1990, 134–151, 407–411.

Driver, Elizabeth. Culinary Landmarks: A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks, 1825-1949. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.

Driver, Elizabeth. “Cookbooks as Primary Sources for Writing History A Bibliographer’s View.” Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research 12, no. 3 (2009): 257–274.

Driver, Elizabeth. “Home Cooks, Book Makers and Community Builders in Canada.” Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings 6, no. 2 (2006): 41–60.

Driver, Elizabeth. “Canadian cookbooks (1825-1949): in the heart of the home,” Petits Propos Culinaires 72 (2003), 19-39.

Dummitt, Christopher. “Finding a Place for Father: Selling the Barbecue in Postwar Canada.” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 9 (1998): 209–223.

Duncan, Dorothy ed. Consuming Passions: Eating and Drinking Traditions in Ontario. Willowdale: Ontario Historical Society, 1990.

Duncan, Dorothy. Canadians at Table: A Culinary History of Canada. Toronto: Dundurn, 2006.

Duncan, Dorothy. Feasting and Fasting: Canada’s Heritage Celebrations. Toronto: Dundurn, 2010.

Duncan, Dorothy. Nothing More Comforting: Canada’s Heritage Food. Toronto: Dundurn, 2012.

Durand, Caroline. “Le laboratoire domestique de la machine humaine: la nutrition, la modernité et l’Etat québécois, 1860-1945.” PhD Thesis, McGill University, 2011.

Durand, Caroline, “L’alimentation moderne pour la famille traditionnelle : Les discours sur l’alimentation au Québec, 1914-1945”, Revue de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, no. 3, (2011), 60-73.

Elliott, Charlene, “Canada’s Great Butter Caper: On Law, Fakes and the Biography of Margarine,” Food, Culture and Society 12,3 (September 2009): 379–396.

Elliott, Charlene D. “Big Persons, Small Voices: On Governance, Obesity, and the Narrative of the Failed Citizen,” Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue d’études canadiennes, 41, no. 3 (2007), 134-149.

Ellison, Jenny “Stop Postponing your Life until you Lose Weight and Start Living it Now: Vancouver’s Large as Life Action Group, 1979-1985” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 18 (2007), 241-26.

Epp, Marlene. “The Semiotics of Zwieback: Feast and Famine in the Narratives of Mennonite Refugee Women.” In Sisters or Strangers? Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History, edited by M. Epp, F. Iacovetta, and F. Swyripa, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004), 314–340.

Edwards, Devonna. Wartime Recipes From the Maritimes, 1939-1945. Halifax: Nimbus, 2001.

Evans, Brian L. “Ginseng: Root of Chinese‐Canadian Relations.” Canadian Historical Review 66, no. 1 (March 1, 1985): 1–26.

Fahmy-Eid, Nadia et al. Femmes, santé et professions. Histoire des diététistes et des physiothérapeutes au Québec et en Ontario, 1930-1980. Montréal, Fides, 1997.

Feltoe, Richard. Redpath: The History of a Sugar House. Toronto: Dundurn, 1991.

Ferguson, Carol, and Margaret Fraser. A Century of Canadian Home Cooking: 1900 Through the 1990s. Toronto: Prentice-Hall Canada, 1992.

Frager, Ruth. “Politicized Housewives in the Jewish Communist Movement of Toronto, 1923-1933.” In Beyond the Vote: Canadian Women and Politics, edited by L.K.a.J. Sangster, 258–275. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1989.

Francoeur, Jean-Marie, Genèse de la cuisine québécoise à travers ses grandes et ses petites histoires. Montréal: Fides, 2011.

Fyson, Donald. “Eating in the City: Diet and Provisioning in Early Nineteenth-Century Montreal.” MA Thesis,McGill University, 1989.

Fyson, Donald, “From bread to Madeira: food in Montreal at the beginning of the 19th century,” Revue d’histoire de L’Amérique francaise 46, 1 (Septembre 1992), 67-90.

Gazillo, Stephen. “The Evolution of Restaurants and Bars in Vieux-Québec Since 1900.” Cahiers de Géographie Du Québec 25, no. 64 (1981): 101-118.

Gould, J. “Toronto Blueberry Buns: History, Community, Memory,” Material History Review 57 (Spring 2003): 30–39.

Grayson, L.M., and Michael Bliss, eds. The Wretched of Canada: Letters to R.B. Bennett, 1930-1935. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1971.

Gringras, Jacqui and Lara Tibo, “Mandarin Peelings and Lola’s Tinola: Exploring Subjectivity and Belonging through Cultural Food Narratives,” in Food, Culture and Society, An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 11,2 (September 2008), 375–400.

Guard, Julie. “Canadian Citizens or Dangerous Foreign Women? Canada’s Radical Consumer Movement, 1947-1950.” In Sisters or Strangers? Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History, edited by M. Epp, F. Iacovetta, and F. Swyripa, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004), 161–189.

Guard, Julie. “Women Worth Watching: Radical Housewives in Cold War Canada.” In Whose National Security? Canadian State Surveilance and the Creation of Enemies, edited by D. Buse, G. Kinsman, and M. Steedman (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2000), 73–88.

Guard, Julie. “A Mighty Power against the Cost of Living: Canadian Housewives Organize in the 1930s.” International Labor & Working-Class History 77 (2010), 27-47.

Hanrahan, Maura, and Marg Ewtushik. A Veritable Scoff: Sources on Foodways and Nutrition in Newfoundland and Labrador. St. John’s: Flanker Press, 2001.

Hanrahan, Maura, “Tracing Social Change among the Labrador Inuit and Inuit-Métis: What Does the Nutrition Literature Tell Us?” in Food, Culture and Society, An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 11, 2 (September 2008), 315–334.

Harris, Douglas C. Fish, Law, and Colonialism: The Legal Capture of Salmon in British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2001.

Harris, Douglas C. Landing Native Fisheries: Indian Reserves and Fishing Rights in British Columbia, 1849-1925. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008.

Heap, Ruby. “From the Science of Housekeeping to the Science of Nutrition: Pioneers in Canadian Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Household Science, 1900-1950” in Elizabeth Smyth et al. eds. Challenging Professions: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Women’s Professional Work (Toronto: U of T Press, 1999): 141-70

Heick, W.H. A Propensity to Protect: Butter, Margarine and the Rise of Urban Culture in Canada. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1991.

Hermiston, Alana J. “If It’s Good for You, It’s Good for the Nation!” : The Moral Regulation of Nutrition in Canada, 1930-1945,” PhD Thesis, Carleton University, 2005.

Heron, Craig. Booze: A Distilled History. Toronto: Between the Lines, 2003.

Heron, Craig. “The Boys and Their Booze: Masculinities and Public Drinking in Working-class Hamilton, 1890-1946.” The Canadian Historical Review 86, no. 3 (2005): 411–452.

Hodgetts, Lisa M. “Feast or Famine? Seventeenth-Century English Colonial Diet at Ferryland, Newfoundland.” Historical Archaeology 40, no. 4 (January 1, 2006): 125–138.

Hoffman, Frances, and Ryan Taylor. Much to Be Done: Private Life in Ontario From Victorian Diaries. Toronto: Dundurn, 2007.

Horosko, Kendra. “Deliciously Detailed Narratives: The Use of Food in Stories of British War Brides’ Experiences,” MA Thesis, University of Victoria, 2010.

Houston, Stuart C.  “Scurvy and Canadian Exploration,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 7, 2 (1990): 161-167.

Huskins, Bonnie. “From ‘Haute Cuisine’ to Ox Roasts: Public Feasting and the Negotiation of Class in Mid-19th-Century Saint John and Halifax,” Labour / Le Travail 37 (1996): 9.

Inwood, Kris with John Cranfield. “The Great Transformation: A Long-Run Perspective on Physical Well-Being in Canada,” Economics and Human Biology 5, no. 2 (July 2007): 204-228.

Iacovetta, Franca, Valerie Korinek and Marlene Epp, eds. Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.

Iacovetta, Franca. “Culinary Containment? Cooking for the Family, Democracy, and Nation,” in  Gatekeepers: Reshaping Immigrant Lives in Cold War Canada. (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2006), 137-171.

Iacovetta, Franca. “Recipes for Democracy? Gender, Family and Making Female Citizens in Cold War Canada,” in Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s History, ed. V. Strong-Boag, M. Gleason and A. Perry, 4th ed. (Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2002), 299–312.

Iacovetta, Franca, and Valerie Korinek. “Jell-O Salads, One-Stop Shopping and Maria the Homemaker: The Gender Politics of Food.” In Sisters or Strangers: Immigrant, Ethnic and Racialized Women in Canadian History, edited by M. Epp et al., (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004), 190–230.

Jenkins, Jane E. “Politics, Pasteurization, and the Naturalizing Myth of Pure Milk in 1920s Saint John, New Brunswick,” Acadiensis Vol. 37 No, 2 (2008), 86-105

Kaye, Barry, and D.W. Moodie. “The Psoralea Food Resource of the Northern Plains,” Plains Anthropologist 23, no. 82 (November 1978), 329–336.

Kaye, Barry, and D.W. Moodie. “Indian Agriculture in the Fur Trade Northwest,” Prairie Forum 11, 2 (Fall 1986), 171-183.

Kelm, Mary Ellen. Colonizing Bodies: Aboriginal Health and Healing in British Columbia, 1900-1950. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1998.

Kenneally, Rhona Richman. “The Cuisine of the Tundra: Towards a Canadian Food Culture at Expo 67” Food, Culture & Society 11, 3 (2008),  287-313.

Kenneally,  Rhona Richman. “‘The Greatest Dining Extravaganza in Canada’s History’: Food, Nationalism, and Authenticity at Expo 67,” in Expo 67: Not Just a Souvenir, ed. Rhona Richman Kenneally and Johanne Sloan (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010), 27–46.

Kenneally, Rhona Richman. “There Is a Canadian Cuisine, and It Is Unique in All the World”: Crafting National Food Culture During the Long 1960s,” in What’s to Eat?: Entrees in Canadian Food History, ed. Nathalie Cooke (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009), 167–196.

Kingston, A. The Edible Man: Dave Nichol, President’s Choice & the Making of Popular Taste. Toronto: McFarlane, Walter and Ross, 1994.

Koç, Mustafa, Jennifer Sumner, and Tony Winson eds. Critical Perspectives in Food Studies. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Kuhnlein, Harriet V., and Nancy J. Turner. Traditional Plant Foods of Canadian Indigenous Peoples: Nutrition, Botany, and Use. Philadelphia: Gordon and Breach, 1991.

Kuhnlein, H. V., O. Receveur, R. Soueida, and G. M. Egeland. “Arctic Indigenous Peoples Experience the Nutrition Transition with Changing Dietary Patterns and Obesity,” The Journal of Nutrition 134, no. 6 (June 1, 2004): 1447–1453.

Kurlansky, Mark. Cod : a Biography of the Fish That Changed the World. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 1998.

Lafrance, Marc. Goûter à L’histoire: Les Origines de la gastronomie québécoise/A Taste of History: the Origins of Québec’s Gastronomy. Montréal: Éditions de la Chenelière, 1989.

Loo, Tina. States of Nature: Conserving Canada’s Wildlife in the Twentieth Century. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006.

Lucas, Fiona, “Every Matron Prided Herself: Preserving Nature’s Bounty Before the Mason Jar,” Seeds of Diversity, 10,1 (Winter 1997), 13–17.

Lucas, Fiona. Hearth and Home: Women and the Art of Open Hearth Cooking. Toronto: James Lorimer and Co., 2006.

Lucas, Fiona. “Kitchen Sinks Have a History,” Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures 3, no. 2 (2012).

Lux, Maureen. Medicine that Walks: Disease, Medicine, and Canadian Plains Native People, 1880-1940. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001.

Luxton, Meg. More Than a Labour of Love: Three Generations of Women’s Work in the Home. Toronto: The Women’s Press, 1980.

Luxton, Meg, Harriet Rosenberg, and Sedef Arat-Koç. Through the Kitchen Window: The Politics of Home and Family. Toronto: Garamond Press, 1990.

MacDougall, Heather. Activists and Advocates: Toronto’s Health Department, 1883-1983. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1990.

MacLachlan, Ian. Kill and Chill: Restructuring Canada’s Beef Commodity Chain. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001.

Malleck, Dan. Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-44. UBC Press, 2012.

Malleck, Dan, “‘A Little More than a Drink: Public Drinking and Popular Entertainment in Post- Prohibition Niagara, 1927–1944,” in Covering Niagara: Studies in Local Popular Culture, Joan Nicks and Barry Grant, eds., Waterloo: University of Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2010, 169–194.

Mandelblatt, Bertie. “A Transatlantic Commodity: Irish Salt Beef in the French Atlantic World.” History Workshop Journal 63, no. 1 (2007): 18–47.

Mannion, John. “Victualling a Fishery: Newfoundland Diet and the Origins of the Irish Provisions Trade, 1675–1700.” International Journal of Maritime History 12, no. 1 (June 1, 2000): 1–60.

Marcus, Alan R. Relocating Eden: The Image and Politics of Inuit Exile in the Canadian Arctic. Dartmouth College, 1995.

Martin, Paul Louis. “Domestication of the Countryside and Provision of Supplies,” in Raymonde Litalien and Denis Vaugeois eds. Champlain: The Birth of French America (Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queens, 2004), 205-211.

McCalla, Douglas “A World Without Chocolate: Grocery Purchases at Some Upper Canadian Stores,” Agricultural History, Spring2005, Vol. 79 Issue 2, p147-172

McDougall, Elizabeth J. “Voices, Stories, and Recipes in Selected Canadian Community Cookbooks,” In Recipes for Reading: Community Cookbooks, Stories, Histories. Anne L. Bower, ed. (Amherst: UMass Press, 1997), 105-117.

McKay, Marion. “‘The Tubercular Cow Must Go’: Business, Politics, and Winnipeg’s Milk Supply, 1894-1922,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 23, no. 2 (2006): 355–380.

McKay, Ian. “Capital and Labour in the Halifax Baking and Confectionery Industry During the Last Half of the Nineteenth Century,” Labour / Le Travail 3, 0 (January 1, 1978), 63-108.

McRae, Bill. “Bed and Breakfast: A Canadian Airman Reflects on Food and Quarters During the Second World War,” Canadian Military History 9, no. 1 (Winter 2000): 60–70.

Menzies, Heather. By the Labour of Their Hands: The Story of Ontario Cheddar Cheese. Kingston: Quarry Press, 1994.

Milloy, John Sheridan. A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879 to 1986. Winnipeg: Univ. of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Mills, Antonia Curtze. Eagle Down Is Our Law: Witsuwit’En Law, Feasts, and Land Claims. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1994.

Monod, David. Store Wars: Shopkeepers and the Culture of Mass Marketing, 1890-1939. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996.

Mosby, Ian. “Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities and Residential Schools, 1942-1952” Histoire sociale / Social History XLVI , no 91 (Mai / May 2013): 615-642.

Mosby, Ian. Food Will Win the War: The Politics, Culture and Science of Food on Canada’s Home Front. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014.

Mosby, Ian. “Ethnic Food Fears and the Spread of the Chinese Restaurant Syndrome in Canada, 1968-80,” Culinary Chronicles: The Newsletter of the Culinary Historians of Canada, No. 62 (Spring 2012), 5-7.

Nash, Alan. “The Impact of Restaurant Delivery on Montreal’s Domestic Foodscapes, 1951-2009,” Material Culture Review, Special Issue on Domestic Foodscapes ed. Rhona Richman Kenneally and Jordan LeBel, 70 (Fall 2009): 43-53.

Nathoo, Tasnim, and Aleck Ostry. The One Best Way? Breastfeeding History, Politics, and Policy in Canada. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2009.

Newell, Diane. The Development of the Pacific Salmon-Canning Industry: A Grown Man’s Game. Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queens, 1989.

Newell, Dianne. Tangled Webs of History: Indians and the Law in Canada’s Pacific Coast Fisheries. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993.

Newell, Dianne, Rosemary Ommer, and Rosemary E. Ommer. Fishing Places, Fishing People: Traditions and Issues in Canadian Small-Scale Fisheries. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.

Noel, Jan. Canada Dry: Temperance Crusades before Confederation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995.

Omohundro, John T. Rough Food: The Seasons of Subsistence in Northern Newfoundland. St. Johns: Institute of Social and Economic Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1994.

O’Sullivan, Grace, Clare Hocking, and Valerie Wright-St. Clair. “History in the Making: Older Canadian Women’s Food-Related Practices,” Food and Foodways 16, 1 (2008): 63–87.

Ostry, Aleck. Nutrition Policy in Canada, 1870-1939. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006.

Ostry, Aleck. “The Early Development of Nutrition Policy in Canada,” In Children’s Health Issues in Historical Perspective, edited by C.K. Warsh and V. Strong-Boag. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2005.

Parenteau, Bill. “‘A very determined opposition to the law’: Conservation, Angling Leases, and Social Conflict in the Canadian Atlantic Salmon Fishery, 1867-1914,” Environmental History 9 (3) 2004: 436-463.

Parenteau, Bill. “‘Care, Control and Supervision’: Native People in the Canadian Atlantic Salmon Fishery, 1867-1900,” Canadian Historical Review 79, no. 1 (March 1, 1998): 1–35.

Parr, Joy. Domestic Goods: The Material, the Moral, and the Economic in the Postwar Years. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.

Penfold, Steve. “Selling by the Carload: The Early Years of Fast Food in Canada,” In Creating Postwar Canada: Community, Diversity, and Dissent, 1945-1975, edited by R. Rutherdale and M. Fahrni. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008.

Penfold, Steve. The Donut: A Canadian History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.

Penfold, Steve. “‘Eddie Shack Was No Tim Horton’: Donuts and the Folklore of Mass Culture in Canada,” in Food Nations: Selling Taste in Consumer Societies. Warren Belasco and Philip Scranton, eds. New York: Routledge, 2002: 48-66.

Peterat, L., and M.L. DeZward. An Education for Women: The Founding of Home Economics Education in Canadian Public Schools. Charlottetown: Home Economics Publishing Collective, UPEI, 1995.

Piper, Liza. “Nutritional Science, Health, and Changing Northern Environments.” In Big Country, Big Issues: Canada’s Environment, Culture, and History, Nadine Klopfer and Christof Mauch, eds. Rachel Carson Center Perspectives Series, 2011/4.

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Powers, Jo Marie, ed. From Cathay to Canada: Chinese Cuisine in Transition: a Collection of Papers from the Symposium Exploring Chinese Cuisine in Canada. Toronto: Ontario Historical Society, 1998.

Powers, Jo Marie, and Anita Stewart. Northern Bounty: A Celebration of Canadian Cuisine. Random House of Canada, 1995.

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Robinson, Danielle. “Modernizers and Traditionalists in Postwar Hamilton, Ontario: The Fate of a Farmers’ Market, 1945-1965,” Urban History Review, 36, no. 1 (2007): 45-60.

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[Last Updated: 10 October 2014]



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  2. ben

    hi ian,
    heres two bc-related items that might interest you, though they are more about serving food than eating it, and more primary than secondary material:
    fred wah, “diamond grill” (1996)
    june koropecki, “life in the tee-pee” (lytton: freedom graphics, 2010)

    the latter one is pretty obscure, but the best account of running a roadside cafe in post-WW2 canada that ive yet found. can lend it to you if of interest…

  3. Bruce Douville

    Today, one of the students in my pre-20th century Canadian social history class said that she’d like to do her critical article review on an article about food or diet. I googled “Ian Mosby” and found this. And…wow.

    Thanks, Ian.



  4. Suzanne

    Hi !

    we are developing an exhibition at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on the science behind food preservation. We would like to know more about preserves and preserve techniques used by other ethnic groups in Canada. Could you suggest someone who has studied on this or books to which we could refer ?

    Thank you very much !


  5. Peter Shone

    I am fascinated by the various cuisines that we are treated to in Canada and have always had a desire to explore the origins of our special regional dishes. I have cooked meals for our family since my marriage many moons ago and always tried to incorporate a little of our cookery heritage whenever possible (family rolling eyes notwithstanding). My question simply is whether these publications are available on line or through public libraries. I assume that libraries may have them but I also assume that these institutions may be somewhat specialized. Any assistance would appreciated as I now have some free time to pursue my quest. Thank you in advance.

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