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History Through Food : Eating in Toronto, 1830-1955

Local Flavour: Eating in Toronto, 1830-1955 is currently on view at The Toronto Public Library’s TD Gallery . The exhibition features highlights from the library’s Special Collections and looks at “Toronto’s history through cooking and dining” The exhibit includes cookbooks, advertisements and photographs.

“The exhibition traces 125 years of culinary history in Toronto from the publication of early cookbooks to the development of household appliances; the rise of manufactured and convenience foods; grocery stores; victory gardens and rationing during the war years; dining out and the growing sophistication of an urban palate.”

The exhibit is curated by librarian Sheila Carleton of the Special Collections, Genealogy & Maps Centre. Carleton says the idea came about after the library received a grant from the Culinary Trust to restore some of their older cookbooks.

The Cook not Mad, or, Rational Cookery Kingston, U.C.: James Macfarlane, 1831. The first known English-language cookbook published in Canada

A tastefully done online exhibit accompanies the event.

Thanks to LISNews for the lead

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