Mixed Messages: Making and Shaping Culinary Culture in Canada

Please join us for an exhibition of “delicious” and fascinating culinary objects at the Fisher Library!
21 May to 17 August 2018

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 late 1800s (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


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Monday, May 21, 2018 to Friday, August 17, 2018
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