Current Exhibition

Mixed Messages: Making and Shaping Culinary Culture in Canada

Tue, May. 22, 2018 to Fri, Aug. 17, 2018
Image of a woman teaching along with a radio cooking show on the cover of Maclean's

Mixed Messages: Making and Shaping Culinary Culture in Canada will display a tasty arrangement of rare cookbooks, periodicals (magazines), manuscripts and culinary objects from the 1820s to the 1960s. This exhibition will examine how the culinary culture of Toronto and surrounding areas was made and shaped by those who participated in or were excluded from the making and using of culinary materials. On display will be many scarce items which are part of our collections due to the generous donations of Mary Williamson. Objects on display include a copy of the Frugal Housewife's Manual, the first cookbook written and published in Canada, posters advertising the beloved Canadian Cook Book, and an English curry bottle from the early 1900s (with curry still inside!).


Nathalie Cooke, Professor and Associate Dean (Library Rare and Special Collections), McGill University.

Irina D. Mihalache, Assistant Professor, Museum Studies, Faculty of Information

Elizabeth Ridolfo, Special Collections Projects Librarian, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Curatorial Assistants, MacLean Hunter Gallery: Cassandra Curtis & Sadie MacDonald, Master of Museum Studies Candidates

A self-guided audio tour of the exhibition narrated by the curators is available on both SoundCloud and on iTunes.

There will be a free tour of the exhibition, led by co-curator Liz Ridolfo, on Thursday July 26, from noon to 1 pm. There is no need to register - simply meet at the Fisher's main mezzanine exhibition area. We hope to see you there!

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