New Exhibit: The Taste of the Library

Event Date: 
Mar 30, 2017 to May 31, 2017
Event Location: 
W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections

Please join us for The Taste of the Library: An Exhibit of Historical Canadian Cookbooks, curated by the students of Professor Steven Maynard's HIST 312: Canadian Social History.

The exhibit takes a thematic approach to explore food and nationalism (Case 1); women and community (Case 2); the business of the food (Case 3); Indigenous food cultures (Case 4); and the local food history of Kingston (Case 5). Dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the cookbooks range from polished corporate products, heavy on the advertisements and branding, to modest community publications, often with a fundraising purpose. The exhibit highlights the amusing elements of old cookbooks, and also tackles difficult issues revealed in the books, such as cultural stereotyping, ethnocentrism, and the differences of class, race, and ethnicity.

At the opening on Thursday March 30 from 3pm - 5pm, the students will present their research, followed by a reception with light refreshments. All are welcome to attend!

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