Out of Old Ontario Kitchens
Out of Old Ontario Kitchens is a window into the past, exploring the stories of the First Peoples and settlers. It pays homage to all those who trapped and fished and hunted; to those who cleared the land and planted crops; and most importantly to all those women — our mothers and aunts, our grandmothers and great-grandmothers and great-great grandmothers — who got up and lit the fire; who toiled and stirred and cooked and baked and who kept families alive through long hard winters, through plagues and depressions, famines and wars. Work every bit as important as agriculture, commerce, mining, politics, and the development of infrastructure.
With over a hundred historically sourced recipes as well as scores of old photographs, early artworks, botanical prints, and illustrations, Out of Old Ontario Kitchens is both a visual and virtual feast. If you want to know what life was really like in early Ontario, come to the table with us. Food stories are, after all, the real stories of our lives.
"Nostalgia is an ingredient best tempered as a seasoning, rather than a meal onto itself. With Out Of Old Ontario Kitchens, Lindy Mechefske brings equal portions of beauty, history, bitter strife, and an enviable repository of culinary stories to the table for all." — Simon Thibault is the award-winning author of Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food.