The cookbook Buckskin Cookery: A Souvenir Cookbook Compiled of Recipes Donated by Old Timers, and Natives of B.C., first printed in 1957, was written and illustrated by Gwen Lewis. With all profits going toward religious charities, over 4,000 copies were sold for the cost of $1.00 each. This cookbook offers a collection of recipes shared with Lewis by friends, family, Euro-Canadian settlers, and Indigenous peoples in British Columbia. The recipes shared in the cookbook harken back to earlier periods in the region before the arrival of non-Indigenous settlers and the establishment of towns. The book was published in two volumes -- Volume One: Pioneer Section and Volume Two: Hunting Section. The recipes detail methods of cooking wild game while traveling through the forest, and how meats were cooked using preparation methods such as smoking, boiling, cooking over an open fire, or cooking in a clay vessel. This cookbook is unique as it not only taught the reader how to prepare wild game, but also other skills such as preparing bear soap, moose head broth, or how to catch a wolf without a trap. The book includes recipes and techniques for hunting, surviving in the wilderness, ways to avoid getting lost, safety tips, skinning and dressing large game, and how to prepare for an outdoor excursion. One of the most compelling features of this book is Gwen Lewis’s comedic animations, which offer lively imagery of wild game found in the wilderness of British Columbia. 

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