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Cookbooks: Instructional, Promotional, Delicious

This selection of approximately 60 images shows the diversity and evolution of cookbooks in Canada over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to suggesting recipes, they reveal a community's customs, tastes and practices. They also illustrate the changes in food, consumerism, domesticity and advertising, as well as women's history.

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  • Promotional recipe booklets, traditional cookbooks, home economics textbooks, government food guides
  • Utensils and household appliances
  • Domestic interiors
  • Meal preparation

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